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Stress awareness month

By Sanchia Aronberg
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Work should not make us ill.

All month on social media I have been focusing on getting curious with stress. I have had many interesting conversations with some fantastic people about burnout, stress and the effects on us and the impact on how we work. So, what is stressing us out?

The one that came out on top and indeed is the top workplace stressor is workload. The other top stressors are too much change, not enough support and job insecurity. STRESS is believed to trigger 70% of visits to doctors and 85% of serious illnesses so we need to do more to minimise stress. Stress often results from difficulty in coping with day-to-day problems and conflicting responsibilities. What are some of the signs of stress?

  • Low mood: there are times when we feel good and other times when our mood may dip. We all have moods and we experience changes in our mood dependent on our life events. Are you aware of your mood spiral?
  • Overwhelm: some of the symptoms of overwhelm include excessive worry, insomnia, low energy and headaches.
  • Not resting: being proactive about your rest is so important for preventative remedy.
  • Constant worry: racing thoughts can affect our wellbeing.
  • Anxious thoughts: Using your senses is a fantastic technique when you are feeling anxious. I grew up in South Africa and my mum basically threw me in the pool when I was very little so I love the water and my soul feels calmer at the beach. Whenever I feel anxious I use the 4,7,8 breathing technique and think of the beach. What do you do for a busy mind?

What can we do to overcome stress?

Resilience is the capacity to recover from difficulties; being able to adapt quickly to new circumstances. The last 12 months has certainly given us plenty of opportunities to practice. Can you learn to be resilient? Definitely, Like building a muscle, increasing your resilience takes time. Focusing on four core components—connection, wellness, healthy thinking, and meaning—can empower you to withstand and learn from difficulties.
Building resilience takes time and becomes a habit once you get into the routine of working on it.

Other things that can help:

  • Exercise
  • Talking to someone
  • Rest
  • Getting quality sleep

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