Do you generally tend to face the following?

Low energy level and stamina; headache; stomach problems like constipation, nausea, loose motion, etc; muscle problems like aches, sores, stiffness, etc; high pressure, chest pains;  insomnia; amnesia; colds, infections; weight gain or loss; hair fall; loss of sexual drive and/or activity?

These can be attributed to something called Stress.

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Stress may be defined as “a state of psychological and/or physiological imbalance resulting from the disparity between situational demand and the individual’s ability and/or motivation to meet those demands.”

Dr. Hans Selye, one of the leading authorities on the concept of stress, described stress as “the rate of all wear and tear caused by life.”

Stress can be positive or negative:

Stress is positive when the situation offers an opportunity for a person to gain something. It acts as a motivator for peak performance.

Stress is negative when a person faces social, physical, organizational and emotional problems.

“Workplace stress” as the term indicates,  is the harmful physical and emotional responses that can happen when there is a conflict between job demands on the employee and the amount of control an employee has over meeting these demands. In general, the combination of high demands in a job and a low amount of control over the situation can lead to stress.

Stress in the workplace can have many origins or come from one single event. It can impact on both employees and employers alike. As stated by the Canadian Mental Health Association:

Fear of job redundancy, layoffs due to an uncertain economy, increased demands for overtime due to staff cutbacks act as negative stressors. Employees who start to feel the “pressure to perform” can get caught in a downward spiral of increasing effort to meet rising expectations with no increase in job satisfaction. The relentless requirement to work at optimum performance takes its toll in job dissatisfaction, employee turnover, reduced efficiency, illness and even death. Absenteeism, illness, alcoholism, “petty internal politics”, bad or snap decisions, indifference and apathy, lack of motivation or creativity are all by-products of an over stressed workplace.

From: Canadian Mental Health Association, “Sources of Workplace Stress” Richmond, British Columbia.


What can be done to deal with Stress in that case?

Following are certain tips that often proves useful:

1)     Meditation

2)     Sound sleep

3)     Music therapy

4)     Holiday, reading, gaming and any other de-stressing activities

Not to forget, Employees without stress would be happy and in turn, they will be productive.