Stress Facts

WHAT IS STRESS?

what is stress

Stress is a feeling or condition when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilise.

We feel stressed when we feel things are out of control!

 

STRESS TRIGGERS

Experiencing stress is the result of a reaction to any perceived, real or imagined threat – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually or financially, however not every stressor is immediately life threatening. The triggers could be the loss of a loved one, losing one’s job, financial difficulties, divorce etc.

During stressful situations the brain sounds a general alarm, the instinctual survival mechanism kicks in; and the body prepares within seconds for the Fight, Flight or Freeze Response, aka The Stress Response and the Sympathetic Nervous System is activated. The adrenal system floods the body with adrenal and cortisol and many other physiological processes take place to prepare the body to fight or flee. The entire body is in a State of High Alert!

 

LONGER TERM EFFECTS

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Stress when managed properly, known as eustress, can be a real asset to performance. However, stress has an accumulative effect and when chronically stressed we underperform in all aspects of life.

  • Prolonged exposure to stress can condition the brain to remain in a hyper-vigilant state
  • The physiology of the brain changes
  • Electrical patterns are locked into a Stress State
  • This affects the tone of the Central Nervous System
  • Affecting Hormonal Balance
  • Which impairs the Immune System
  • Impairs Mental Processing
  • Impairs Emotional Control

 

WORKPLACE STRESS EFFECTS

  • Underperformance
  • Impaired mental processing
  • Accidents
  • Poor Decision making
  • Demotivated and unhappy employees
  • High staff turn-over
    Interpersonal, corporate and political disputes
  • Work relationship conflict
  • High rates of absenteeism
  • Which results in low production
  • Costs companies millions or billions in direct & indirect costs

It therefore makes business sense to address stress in the work place.

 

BENEFITS FOR A COMPANY

  • Healthier Employees
  • Better Work Performance
  • Improved Work Relationships
  • Less Conflict, Better Team Synergy
  • Decreased Absenteeism
  • Increased Production
  • Increased Profit Margins