At Pacesetter, we understand stress. April is Stress Awareness month and we want to help you! Here are a few helpful tips and tests that will help identify habits that lead to stress in and out of the workplace.
According to the Stress Management Society, "stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize."
What is stress?
Stress is our body's natural defense against predators and danger. When stressed, our body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine.
Everyone reacts to stress differently. What one person might find stressful may not be stressful to the other. It's important to identify when stress is becoming too much for you. Changes may be emotional, physical or behavioral, or a combination of all three.
Prolonged stress can take a toll on your physical bodies, your work performance and your mental well being.
For some helpful tips on going from distress to de-stress and a guide to understanding stress visit the Stress Management Society.