Is work-life balance possible? At this time of year?
A 2018 study by the National Institute of Health suggests that even small daily stress factors can lead to health problems later in life.
And according to the American Psychological Association, this is compounded by the number one contributor to stress, JOB PRESSURE, caused by; tension with co-workers, bosses, and an overload of work.
Being number one isn’t always a good thing!
This predicament is further compounded by:
These have all been shown to contribute to the rise in workplace anxiety and pressure. Yet everyone responds differently to stress depending on his or her personality, social circumstances, and past experiences, which is why there are a variety of methods that each one of us can use, depending on the event and situation to alleviate stress.
Thinking about your own place of work:
Knowing what generates a negative feeling within yourself to work-related activities is the first step in changing your response. Donald Hebb, a Canadian neuropsychologist specializing in associative learning coined the phrase “neurons that fire together, wire together” in 1949. You can rewire your thought patterns and react differently to various stressors that would otherwise initiate a frenzy of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Awareness of your reactions is therefore key at creating a positive shift in how you think and then consciously act, instead of instinctively and emotionally reacting.
A New Path to Positivity
In the same way that a new path is forged in a forest when it is walked on repeatedly, new neural pathways are formed and “wire together” when you consciously decide that you are going to choose a specific way of thinking and acting. There are a few items that you can add to assist you on your path to positivity:
When you catch yourself in negative self-talk, remember your forest path and keep forging ahead.
Who Sustains You?
If you want to thrive, rather than survive, your thoughts and actions are only a part of the big picture. You are also defined by who you surround yourself with on a regular basis.
Take a look at your own life.
In Part Two, I’ll take a closer look at the key principles of stress management and offer evidence-based tips to apply from January onwards both at work and home to reduce stress and eliminate burnout.