“In a poll, work was identified as the number one source of stress in people’s lives.”
Yep, all pretty straight forward stuff. You used to be able to go to work, do your job and be left alone, if you turned up on time, didn’t too much sick leave, dressed appropriately and did your job to a reasonable standard.
Now we have some much corporate bollocks, regular appraisals which don’t appear to achieve anything except to give your boss a stick to bash you over the head.
You can’t get away from it, mobile phones, laptops at home – connected email which is all marked read receipt and if your boss sends you an email at 5:15 on a Friday just before he leaves the office, he is on the mobile by 8:00 am Monday wanting to know why you haven’t replied – of course it isn’t a simple reply, it’s asking for some detailed information and therefore not a 2 minute job and he expected to check my emails and action of the weekend.
He didn’t seem to accept that he was in front of the PC all day and I was doing 30,000 miles pa visiting clients and if it was urgent, perhaps he could just pick up the phone to me during the day and talk to me in the car.
I flew back from Sydney once (holiday), direct 24 hour flight to London, and a drive back up to the Midlands arriving early afternoon on a Saturday, totally and utterly jet lagged.
I was back at work on the Monday and the first thing my boss said to me was, why didn’t I check my emails on the Sunday.
The connections between stress and physical health are being explored at greater frequency these days.For example, recent news items have reported the links between emotional distress and physical pain,1 chronic inflammation2 and even stillbirths.3In fact, pregnant women who experience significant stress in the months prior to, or during pregnancy are more likely to deliver stillborn babies. The risk is heightened with each stressful event, such as moving, losing a job, or the death of a friend or family member.Previous studies have linked stress to lowered immune system function; increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels; altered brain chemistry, blood sugar levels and hormonal balance. It has also been found to increase the rate at which tumors grow.4In a poll, work was identified as the number one source of stress in people’s lives.Clearly, it is not possible or even recommended to eliminate stress entirely. However you can work to provide your body with tools to compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can cause serious disruption in many of your body’s important systems.By using techniques such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), you can reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life. Exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and meditation are also important “release valves” that can help you manage your stress.
How Stress Causes Disease
When you’re stressed, your body releases stress hormones like cortisol, which prepare your body to fight or flee the stressful event. Your heart rate increases, your lungs take in more oxygen, your blood flow increases and parts of your immune system become temporarily suppressed, which reduces your inflammatory response to pathogens and other foreign invaders.When stress becomes chronic, however, your immune system becomes less sensitive to cortisol, and since inflammation is partly regulated by this hormone, this decreased sensitivity heightens the inflammatory response and allows inflammation to get out of control.This is in large part how stress “predisposes” you to getting sick in the first place. And, in the event you do get sick, emotional stressors can make your symptoms worse. Because inflammation plays a role in most diseases, including cardiovascular disease, asthma and autoimmune disorders, this model suggests why stress impacts them as well.