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Work Stress Issues

Company owners and employees have their share of work stress problems

Employees have different levels of stress compared to business owners. They don’t have much of primary responsibilities as the owner of a company.
No Office StressOf course, we can’t say that only rank and file can experience stress because in the bigger picture, owners and managers also have their struggles.

Some notable causes of stress at work that both employees and managers should be aware of is the primary cause of stress; being overworked. Even the most outstanding employee will feel pressured when bombarded with work with a very limited period. Such thing might be irrational, but it happens all the time.

One of the causes for stress at work is a promotion. In some cases, employees get bored with their daily job and for this reason they would want to experience more challenging work for a greater compensation.

When you feel that you are overly stressed, make an effort to save yourself from self-destruction, and find ways to alleviate your current situation.

You can minimize stressful instances in your daily life if you know how to manage stress effectively. The key is never to let small responsibilities left unattended. Little things left unnoticed will pile up until such time that you can no longer bear the bulk of stress.

Organize your task according to its importance and time frame. There are tasks that are crucial, but you should have time to work it out. For this reason, it should be listed next to the urgent and Relax No Stress Pleaseimportant ones. Once you are done categorizing, create a timeline plan and make sure to include a break time and a day off in it.

Do not use your break time to finish an incomplete task. Break time is intended to your mind and body to rest. A break time will allow you to rest your brain and nerves as well as your body from the stress caused by too much work. Remember, you are responsible for keeping your physical and emotional health in good shape.

Do not ignore any sign of fatigue because it could lead to a more serious problem. If you feel that you are overly worn-out, take a rest. If you are feeling depressed, anxious and irritable, go ahead and rest. If you can’t concentrate on what you are doing and you are losing interest on it, rest.

If you are using drugs and alcohol to cope up with stress, stop and reflect!

Work StressYou have already reached the limit. Do not allow yourself to reach this far!

Strive to reduce your work stress by taking good care of yourself. You may start in restoring your physical and your emotional health. Once these two are addressed adequately, it will be easier for you to take care of your other needs as you are more optimistic and stronger when you are feeling better inside and out.

Once you are more stable physically and emotionally, your next step to getting rid of work stress is by organizing and prioritizing things. Make an effort to organize things first, and then you prioritize. Once you have done this, you are more guided, and you will regain control over stuff. This way you can well manage stress with self-control and confidence.

As an employee, it is your responsibility to take care of your health. No matter how hectic your schedule is, take your breaks and rest.

Excessive stress is not part of work related issues, but “typical” stress is!

Bipolar Disorder and Exercise

Does Exercise Help with Bipolar Disorder?

Everyone knows that exercise is good for your health.  It is a no-brainer, and it is repeated so often that you have probably gotten tired of it.  I know I should do some physical activity. It is good for my heart, my bones… blah, blah, blah.

Bipolar DepressionOn the other hand, aside from needing to exercise because I am getting old and tired – the idea, that exercise might be good for my Bipolar Disorder, might just motivate me to do it.
Nothing else has.

A research study conducted in 2012 showed that exercise may have positive benefits for people with Bipolar Disorder.  I should have thought of that – but I didn’t (probably because I am bipolar and tend to ignore obvious things that might help me).

When asked – I have given advice to those who have depression (major depressive disorder, clinical depression, situational depression – or even bipolar depression).  What I tell those people is in addition to taking their meds, they should get up.  Get out of bed, get outside, and get some exercise – even if it is just around the kitchen.  Exercise increases the blood supply to your brain and helps to rise your energy levels – even if you don’t want to, it will do you some good.

Bipolar Disorder ShadowI give that advice to people when they are depressed, but I am not usually depressed.  My disorder tends toward mania or at least a mixed mood state.  So I don’t think about the need to increase my energy level.

Evidence has shown that exercise has some positive effects for people with Bipolar Disorder – even those that are not depressed.  In addition to the obvious health benefits, it can help to regulate your mood levels and “bring structure to chaos”.

As “bipolar“, we are often subject to disorderDisordered mind, disordered days, disordered environment.  One of the biggest tools for a bipolar patient to get and keep their body and mind regulated is the establishment of a schedule.

Go to bed at bedtime (and not at 2 am when you fall asleep in front of the TV). Get up in the morning, go to work on time, eat on a schedule – and take your meds when you should.
Establishing a routine does, in fact, help to keep from extreme ups and downs.

Exercise can be a big part of this – and physically reinforce a schedule on your body – that then affects your brain.  Just like getting up at the same time and going to sleep at the same time helps to establish a normal circadian rhythmexercise can reinforce that in a big way.

There are other benefits to exercise as well.  Physical activity naturally increases blood flow to the brain, which gives it the best chance of functioning at optimum level. It also helps to “clear out the cobwebs” that can be especially important if you are teetering on the edge.
Bipolar ExerciseExercise can increase your self-esteem that may have taken many blows in the past.  It can also increase social activity – that is apparently good for you, even if you don’t like people.  I don’t.

In my opinion, the biggest benefit may be “getting in touch” with your body.  When you exercise, you are more likely to stay within yourself.  One of the greatest problems in people with any mental disorder, and one of the reasons why people abuse drugs or perform any other risky behavior is the inability to be comfortable within your skin.  If you are exercising, you don’t really have a choice; you have to stay there.  Over time, you feel better about yourself, you feel more comfortable there, and you learn what is and isn’t “normal” within your body.

Perhaps this can lead you to better response when something is going amiss – when you may be slipping into disorder.

I tend to disregard the advice given by those who are not bipolar experts… either those with Bipolar Disorder or those who know the disease intimately, but this advice looks pretty solid to me.

Exercise and take your medicines!

Melissa Lind

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Stress All around You

Some of the first signs of stress in your life are health related

Stress, known as “the silent killer”, and it definitely creeps up on you without warning. So how do you know if you have too much stress in your life?

Anxiety and HeadacheStress can affect your body; your muscles start to ache for no reason, and you suffer from headaches. Your mental focus is altered, as well. Your concentration levels drop and your interest in certain things disappear. Plus your overall enjoyment of life decreases.

It is crucial to be aware of these symptoms, and to take action. Stress is just the first step on a road that potentially could lead to things like suffering from a heart attack, or having to deal with anxiety or depression.

The problem is that stress is everywhere. You have to deal with everyday stress in your life. This includes the normal running around of preparing for work each day, getting your kids off to school and taking care of your home. All before you have even had a chance to do something nice for yourself!

At work you are pressured to get your job done on time, you may be asked to work extra hours, or take on additional tasks when someone is sick or on vacation. You oblige as you don’t want to be a whiner, but all this does is increase your stress levels.

It is vital that you learn how to say no. You want to make an effort to get some ‘me time’. Take 30 minutes a day where you do nothing but focus on yourself! Without that, you could be on the road to health issues, both mental and physical.

On top of this, anxiety jumps out at you from the television, on the internet and even in newspapers. You have read about tragic events that can be upsetting. You may feel pressured into needing to buy a better car, or to get the newest Smartphone that just was released.

When you think about all of these things, no wonder you feel as though you are living in a whirlwind. Start today and make a point of finding some small way of spending just a few minutes on you!
Unplug, unwind and relax.

Easy Ways to Deal with Stress

It is extremely hard to avoid stress these days

Stress Killed the CatYou have to deal with stress at home, with your children, at work and possibly even with an aging family member. While you may not be able to escape the stress entirely, there are ways that you can deal with stress. Finding simple solutions to reduce your stress levels is critical. Otherwise, if you allow stress to build up, your health can suffer. Use the following easy tips to lower your stress levels on a regular basis.

Walking – this is the perfect way to reduce your stress. Just getting outside and enjoy nature and fresh air, can do wonders for you. You don’t have to go far to walk outdoors. Find a local park or walk down by a river or beach. You may enjoy going for a solitary walk, or you may find walking with your spouse relaxing.

Moving at work – there is no denying that your job is a huge cause of stress. Make a point of getting up from your desk and moving around. Walk to the bathroom and splash cold water on your face. Take a walk and get a drink of water. Try to get up at least once an hour and move around. Even stretching at your desk is a good way to reduce stress.

Stress balls – these small balls can do wonders for you mentally and physically. As you become stressed your muscles start to tighten. If you suddenly seem to get more neck, shoulder and back pain, it could be due to stress. Use a stress ball to massage your hands and relax your muscles.

Controlled breathing – learning how to perform deep breathing exercises can significantly help to reduce stress. This is particularly useful at work, if you are suddenly placed into a stressful situation, you can reduce your stress and tension by breathing deeply for a few minutes.

Sleep – go to bed a little earlier so that you can get enough sleep. Sleep helps to restore your body and relaxes your muscles. When you don’t sleep enough, or your sleep is poor, you wake up feeling tired and anxious. You really want to feel refreshed and re-energized each morning, so aim for seven to eight hours sleep each night.
By learning to take action when you are feeling stressed, your stress levels will remain much lower. (comparing positive stress to negative stress)

This means that you will start feeling better more quickly and that you won’t be carrying your burdens with you for days on end.

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Signs of Stress

Take signs of stress seriously

As I stated before, stress, in itself, is not a bad thing. What is a bad thing is a long exposure to stress. This will “wear out the machine”, so to speak.

But what are the signs of stress? And do we need to be alarmed at each one of them?

No, of course not. There are some normal signs of “normal” stress. They are not necessarily pleasant to feel, but they are not dangerous, and they are quite useful, in fact. Then, if the stress gets more intense or is keeping on, the signs become more unpleasant and in this case, there are good reasons to stop and change behavior. If not, you will get into a stressed state, close to burnout.

The problem is that most often, people first will react when they are “in the red”, so to speak.

Let’s see the signs and how alarmed you should be:

Normal signs of normal stress:

– From time to time, quicker heartbeat, (not constantly!)
– From time to time, feel a bit shaky or small tic appear.
– You sweat more than usual.
– Feel like your mouth is dry.
– Tickling in your belly or stomach.
– Your belly or chest feels compressed.
– You are tense.
– You often feel like urinating.

Those signs are normal for a tense and stressed situation. Of course, it is not pleasant, but there is no danger.

Signs to take as a warning:

– You are very tired.
– You do not sleep well at night.
– You speculate all the time.
– Your body is in constant movement (fingers, legs, feet…)
– You are irritated.
– You cry easily.
– You are quiet.

In this case, it means you have to stop now and to act in consequence. You have been under too much stress (and possibly for too long), and it is now time to take a break.

Signs that now, you HAVE to stop:

– Forgetful, you forget things; you are not “here”.
– Problems with eczema or different sickness.
– Aches you can’t understand where they come from and why.
– Unsociable.
– Overusing stimulants: cigarettes, alcohol, etc.
Aggression.
Problems with your stomach.
– Bleeding.

StressedIn these cases, you have gone far too long and far too far and you are close to end up in the hospital or burned out. It is of outmost importance that you stop whatever you are doing, or your body will oblige you to do so… and that will not be a pleasant way to do it.

Be aware of the signs of stress. Do not overlook them. Take them seriously. No need to panic at the first signs, and of course, everyone can take a bit of stress (even though some of us are coping better with stress than some others). But do not let it go too far. It is your health; we are speaking about.