Do You Fit the Profile?
More than 1 in 4 Canadian workers describe their day-to-day lives as highly stressful, according to the General Social Survey (GSS). They are the ones who eat, breathe and sleep their jobs. They´re laser-focused in the triple-espresso world of endless emails, files, and missed calls at the end of the day.
Does this sound familiar? At times you may feel as though you are in survival mode, just trying to maintain life, deal with relationships, and pay the bills. It takes more and more to find a release or relax at the end of the day. The razor sharp cut of stress may have already taken up residence in your body and begun its impact on your wellbeing.
Living Under Pressure
Stress is the mind and body´s response to demands or pressures. The body launches into a physiological fight for survival that includes physical symptoms, like a racing heart, rise in blood pressure, faster breathing, and quicker heart rate. It can give a burst of energy that can be helpful to get things done like meet deadlines, but has adverse effects when this adaptive energy runs out.
If stress goes unrelieved, there can be a myriad of long-term complications including depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure. Relationships, emotional wellbeing, and physical health are all at risk of being damaged. Highly stressed individuals often turned to substances, such as alcohol, to help find relief.
Take Charge of Your Health
Professionals are getting more urgent wake-up calls ensuring they pay attention and accept just how fragile and important their health is. Thankfully, more professionals are now measuring success with a broader measuring stick, one that includes their own health and wellbeing. We all understand that we are better at work, life, our relationships, and as a family when we are healthy.
To increase your performance in any aspect in life, including your career, you have to be well and healthy!