Two employees walk into the office one regularly-scheduled work day morning. They respectfully go their separate desks, set down their belongings but cling to the unnerving chaos experienced moments before work.
Mental disorders from unmanaged stress are climbing far above heart conditions, cancer, and diabetes. Everyone experiences stress. Shared similar interests creates a community. Current points of tension to managing stress include:
- how people manage stress;
- just who is responsible to managing it; and,
- health knowledge about why it’s valuable to manage stress
Below are two cases of three people. Each reveal how stress is contagious and methods to stop it from spreading.
Sensations to Stress
Alan’s brain interprets the sound and sight of Joe eating tortilla chips as an annoyance. Sally isn’t phased by Joe’s eating habits. When Alan is sitting one desk over from tortilla-eating Joe his annoyance with Joe becomes inwardly hostile.
The morning Sally caused a scene that disrupted the department was in rage over Joe eating tortilla chips. This was that day. The one that began with chaos.
Sensations are the first informants.
The brain receives stimuli then interprets it through neurons. Neurons follow a process similar to following directions on a map. It will take familiar roads first but may take detours when the conscious directs it to. This is how sensations lead to reaction and action.
The point of direction in response to stress is at that exchange between an inner-dialogue and action.
Alan reacts with constant inner-dialogue but no physical reaction. He’s disengaged in his work because he’s distracted by his thoughts about Joe. Sally reacted once to Joe. It happened to be outwardly and aggressive. An inner-dialogue directs towards familiar but it can be redirected.
Stress management requires responsibility. Sally would have benefited from some responsibility.
First, the community is responsible. Cultural reactions have an effect on the whole.
An example may be Joe’s addiction to binge on chips at work. With this he becomes sluggish in nature, so poor listening skills. Family, friends, and co-workers may communicate necessary information to Joe but his body is so busy digesting that it is straining to metabolize. Performance focus is splintered. He disengaged from actively listening.
Alan is aware Joe eats often and says nothing. This type of withdrawn behavior may be observed through adverse behaviors. Sally’s awareness of Joe occurred once but it took a heightened emotional point for the discovery.
Of course, it’s Joe’s choice to change but his community may support facilitated results. This is why support groups are notoriously successful and why health and wellness professionals are necessary for the workplace.
“People recover in their communities.” Tannerhill is an example of community. Communities – the workplace, a household, the gym – unite people responsibly seeking to gather for a common interest. Responsibility is the ability to be responsive to a common interest. So, managing stress for and with a common interest of the community incentivizes being responsible to do so. Stress management succeeds with peer support and professional, skilled assistance.
Back to Alan. His non-responsiveness to Joe negatively effects his performance and his employers productivity. Likely Alan suffers from underlying lifestyle needs. Joe was kept (seemingly) unaware of his disruptive and unhealthy habit. Now, Sally…she was harsh. But she responded. Was Sally effectively responsible within the common interest of her workplace?
Energize stress management first with responsibly expressing its there. Present coping methods by uniting in a community of compassion and encouragement. Openly give and receive community support. Mapping progressive routes to successfully managing stress is ongoing through life. A shift in responsibility from self-focus to shared-interests rewards with a successful network to creating health-driven stress managers.
How Stress Management Works
Communities that know and uphold the value of stress successfully manage it.
Stress is an inherent motivator. Stress is part of our deoxyribonucleic acid, otherwise known as DNA. Along with Alan, Joe, and Sally, we are born into a stress-coping map. Detours derive through unplanned plus strategically placed experiences, people, communities, and environments. Those detours may lead to DNA-destroying chronic stress or life-giving stress management.
Hormones have a routine release. Detours are Influences through body sensations. They expose opportunities to hormones for staying on course. Over-consumption or a process of denial can change when hormones are released. Alan and Sally were influenced by Joe eating, yet each were influenced differently. This is because of their unique hormonal release patterns based their nervous system response.
The central nervous system learns how to react to sensations, or stressors, through a learned response to protect. The job of the nervous system is to regulate all the mechanisms of the body: hormones, reflexes, thinking, and coordination.
Stress management Improves Performance
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