In today’s world, we have become obsessed with our “stress”. In glorifying busy, and going all-out on the tread-mill just to keep up with the Joneses, our society has compounded individuals’ stress loads. For many, life seems to be filled with endless deadlines and demands, hassles and heartaches. These people feel entrapped in their daily routine, so much so that their state of stress has become a way of life.
And, do you not think it strange, that while we acknowledge this increasing state of stress, we do little more than lament about it?
Interestingly, the term “stress”, used in its contemporary connotation, is no more than 90 years old. In the late 1920s, medical and psychological professionals began to use this term to refer to a mental strain or to a harmful environmental agent that could cause illness. It is remarkable that, in this little time, understanding and dealing with stress has become an industry.
Dealing with and overcoming stress is the topic of a recent LinkedIn feature article. Deepak Chopra, MD, who is the author of more than 80 books with twenty-two New York Times best-sellers, posted “12 ways to heal stress around you.”
Deepak Chopra cited 12 Ways to Create Stress
- You are demanding, critical, and perfectionist – the perfect recipe for stress.
- You give erratic orders prone to unpredictable changes.
- You show disrespect for others workers and/or their work.
- You create an undignified work environment (e.g., a place where swearing, gossip, and sexual remarks are commonplace).
- You don’t give other people their own space.
- You pass your own workload to others just because you can.
- You burden others with personal issues you should deal with yourself.
- You criticize a subordinate in public.
- You make personal attacks.
- You can’t be trusted.
- You indulge in casual betrayals.
- You devalue another worker’s experience and knowledge.
And here are Chopra’s dozen helpful ways to deal with stress…
The 12 Ways to Heal Stress
- Back away from being demanding, critical, and perfectionist.
- Be more consistent and less changeable in what you ask of others.
- Never show disrespect for other workers or their work.
- Maintain a dignified work environment (e.g., a place where swearing, gossip, and sexual remarks are not condoned).
- Give other people their own space.
- Deal with your own stress instead of passing it down the line.
- Don’t burden others with your personal issues; keep it professional.
- Never offer criticism in public.
- Take a personal interest in others, offering appreciation and praise generously.
- Be loyal; show that you can be trusted.
- When someone else is talking, pay attention and then follow through if they need something.
- Ask for more input from others, showing that you value their experience and knowledge.
To read the full LinkedIn article, click here.
To assess your own stress load, By George recommends you take the time to complete The Stress & Well-Being Survey. This test measures your stress-management, adaptability, resilience and emotional vitality levels and deters the state of your heart, mind and emotions at home and work and in your relationships and finances. Take it – and don’t stress about it!