Stress can become almost commonplace in the modern world, as though we are expected to experience it in some form or another. Some people can thrive on this situation when stress is manageable. Low level stress can motivate us and provide that spark to push forward with our goals. Yet, most experience the negative side effects of stress once it starts to spiral out of control. This is evident in the results of our work, our relationships and our physical and mental health. The best way to combat this stress is to truly understand the root causes.
Work related stress is often at the top of the list for many people
When asked about the main causes of stress in their lives, most sufferers will mention the workplace. Key factors here include the following:
- increased pressure to perform due to new targets and expectations from management
- the toll of long work hours and overtime
- a lack of training or experience for the position workers find themselves in.
- a lack of communication between departments on key projects
- discrimination from co-workers or management due to gender, sexuality or disability
There is often a vicious cycle where work becomes difficult to manage, affecting worker health and productivity. This can lead to a need to undertake a more unreasonable workload, or excessive hours, in order to rectify any mistakes or lost time. Ongoing issues could also lead to problems with management, which leads to more stress. This increase in stress could come from anything from a difficult project or new role, to harassment or internal financial issues.
Unfortunately, our relationships aren’t always the source of stress relief that we need
Ideally, those with workplace stress should be able to unload and go over issues with family and friends after work. Yet, relationships are another big source of stress. Strained relationships with spouses, partners or children creates a stressful home to return to. Many workers also find themselves responsible for the care of disabled or elderly relatives when they are off the clock. This acts like another stressful job, with its own concerns.
The issue here is two-fold. Stress caused by relationship problems can be just as harrowing and debilitating as work related stress. In addition to this, there isn’t the support network that workers need in times of trouble. One of the common pieces of advice for those suffering with stress is to talk it out. Tell a spouse, friend or parent about the situation to unburden yourself. This is easier said than done if a parent is ill, a spouse is distant or abusive, or if friends are absent.
These added pressures put a strain on the health of workers
Ongoing stress can have detrimental effects on the physical and mental health of sufferers. Stress can turn into anxiety and depression when there seems to be no end to the problems. Stress can also impact upon sleep and blood pressure, further damaging physical health. Heart failure, cancers and dementia have links to chronic stress.
Once you have determined the root of stress, you can work to eliminate it and improve your health
This is the first step on a positive road to recovery. Isolating problems and potential solutions provides hope and goals to work towards. From there, you can work on improving your sleep, diet and exercise regime. These natural, basic remedies can help with stress relief and boost health. Mindfulness and meditation can also help to provide some calm and focus the mind. Take small steps in the right direction and the stress will eventually ease.
Turning to Core Hypnosis in times of severe stress
Personal efforts with diet, exercise and meditation are all helpful when fighting the signs of stress and gaining self control. However, there will be some people with chronic stress and minimal support that struggle with these methods. Anyone in this situation can turn to the experts here at Core Hypnosis for guidance. Our hypnosis sessions could prove to be a useful tool in confronting problems and establishing a better frame of mind. Call 0432 808 450 today to find out more.