Do you have trouble getting up in the morning? Are you irritable? Are you crying for nothing? Does the smallest task seem insurmountable to you? Do you lack focus? No doubt you are suffering from stress. The trick is now to understand what are the stress triggers. There are many all around us and they come with the job, whether we like it or not. They hit us 36% of the time over a work week.
A stress trigger is something that causes physical, emotional, or physical strain, such as:
We all have a super power that can shield and help us: it’s called Resilience.
Resilience doesn’t remove stress but it helps us recover from it and enjoy our work. It is proved that high resilience:
increases by 21% job satisfaction,
increases by 26% job engagement,
decreases by 27% burnout,
decreases by 31% turnover.
Being engaged with your job is great but it can be dangerous too.
The more engaged an employee is with his or her work, the more stress he is likely to encounter.
The most at-risk population at work are those who are present and focused but who lack the resources to effectively manage stress:
Resilience is defined as the time it takes to recover after a stressful event, to return to your emotional baseline. It is like knowing how to ride a wave.
For instance, people with high resilience levels are able to experience a stress trigger and quickly return to their lives. After a peak in stress caused by the trigger, stress levels fall quickly back to normal, and the day goes on.
On the contrary, people with low resilience levels who experience the same stress trigger take longer to recover from it. The peak in stress kicks off a long wave of stress that goes on and on. It’s a long time before stress falls back to normal.
When you are resilient, you persist through adversity with openness and acceptance. You find meaning and maintain your interest even through the setbacks. You move forward with the next right step. Ultimately, you shorten the wave of stress and return to your emotional baseline.
1/ Embrace what is
Acknowledge the situation by seeing things as they really are, as difficult as that may be. Often, we resist seeing things as they are because we don’t want to experience uncomfortable emotions. When you feel an uncomfortable emotion, try taking 3 deep breaths to ground yourself!
2/ Make meaning
When a difficult situation arises, consider what qualities or capacities have emerged in you as a result. Ask yourself, “How am I emerging stronger because of the challenges I’ve faced”.
3/ Step back and move forward
Try to see the big picture clearly so you can determine what actions to take. This takes focus and awareness. Ask yourself “What’s important right now?” and commit to one small step you could take to move forward.
4/ Let go of fixed expectations
It’s easy to get stuck in this gap between what is and how we want something to be. Embrace setbacks as part of the process and let go of fixed expectations about how things should be.
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