The nature of work and life is changing at whirlwind speed: automation, technology, acquisitions, management changes, weather, economics, health status and stress is a part of life. Perhaps now more than ever before, job stress poses a threat to the health of workers and, in turn, to the health organizations.
Research on job and life stress has greatly expanded in recent years. But in spite of this attention, confusion remains about the causes, effects, and prevention of stress.
Early Warning Signs of Stress: Headache, sleep disturbances, concentration issues, short temper, upset stomach, general dissatisfaction, low morale
Job stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury. Sometimes, the concept of job stress is confused with challenge. While stress depletes, challenge energizes us psychologically and physically, and it motivates us to learn new skills and master our jobs. Job stress results when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker.
Exposure to job stressors and the individual and other situational factors has a direct influence on a person’s stress. Stress sets off an alarm in the brain, which responds by preparing the body for defensive action. The nervous system is aroused and hormones are released to sharpen the senses, quicken the pulse, deepen respiration, and tense the muscles.
Individual and other situational factors intervene to strengthen or weaken stress’s influence. A relaxed and positive outlook, the support of family and friends, and balance between work and a personal life can reduce the feeling and symptoms of stress.
In her breakout session at the Women’s Health Conference on May 18 in Fargo, Dr JoAnne Owens-Nauslar teaches that managing the day-to-day stuff that creeps into what we have planned can perpetuate our reaction. We may not be able to control all that happens in a day but we can control our reactions.
Take a day to reset your stress, learn habits to improve your health. Join us on May 18, 2015 in Fargo for the Women’s Health Conference. Register for $45 at http://www.womens-health-conference.com/. #WHCFargo