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The Work-Place Stress Survival Guide
What Is Stress?
Today, our lifestyles are faster paced, fuller and have more demands than ever before. We are expected to juggle home life, financial concerns and demanding jobs on a daily basis, so no wonder we succumb to some of the more negative side effects that stress can bring.
Stress affects us on an individual level, what affects one person may not affect another. The causes of stress are numerous and we all face different obstacles and challenges throughout our lives in the form of relationships and family, demanding jobs, financial restraints or a combination of all three and sometimes, the pressures can be just too much.
Whilst some stress is normal and to be expected, accelerated stress levels over a period of time should never just be ignored.
The most important aspects of stress management is recognizing any symptoms of stress, determining the cause and then, adjusting your lifestyle to alleviate the pressures. Think of stress as a warning signal: a sign that your body has had enough. In fact, think of it in terms of a red light for stop.
Whilst we can never be completely stress free, careful handling of external pressures can mean that we can lessen its impact on us considerably.
When we encounter a situation, that we find difficult and alarming, our brain prepares our bodies for defensive action by releasing stress hormones (Adrenaline and Cortisol). Blood pressure rises and this in turn prepares our bodies to react to the situation, commonly known as ‘fight or flight’ If the process carries through, this means that the stress hormones previously released into the blood, will be used up and this in turn, reduces the side effects of stress.
However, if the situation we face remains unresolved, all of the chemicals remain in the blood stream and we can experience physical symptoms such as tense muscles, dizziness and rapid heartbeats.
Some symptoms of stress are:
- Sleeping too much
- Clammy sweaty palms
- Chest pain
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- High blood pressure
- Feeling sick
- No sense of humor
- Poor judgment
- Heart Burn
- Tense muscles
- Memory problems
- Lack of concentration
- Skin problems
- Nervous habits
- Feeling overwhelmed
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s time to make some changes to your lifestyle now before the effects have too severe an impact on your health. Whilst this may sound a major life-changing task, it is possible to make subtle changes whilst causing the minimal impact on your daily routine.
Alchol Recovery – The Easy Road Back to Sobriety
Alcoholism and Abuse
Don’t underestimate alcoholism, everyone does at first and some do not live to regret their mistakes.
Are you worried about your drinking habits? Do you long for work to end so that you can have a quick drink and unwind after a hard day? Are those closest to you starting to mention that you shouldn’t drink so much?
If you consider yourself a social drinker, it might be a surprise to think that others are starting to worry about your alcohol consumption. If you enjoy going for a quiet drink with your friends or family and rarely ‘go too mad’ in terms of quantity, it’s important to note that it takes very little alcohol to actually become addicted.
It can be quite difficult to accurately diagnose someone with alcohol problems because it is important that the individual recognizes that there may be a problem in the first place. This is one of the hardest steps to take in terms of treatment and eventual recovery because until the individual admits that there is a problem, there is little that can be done to assist. Alcoholism has a kind of self-imposed stigma attached to it. No-one wants to openly admit that they ‘need’ a drink and many people consider alcoholics to be the type of person who is commonly found slumped on a park bench drinking meths. This is so unlike the picture of many of those who are suffering from alcohol abuse but typically, only the extremes are known.
What is Alcoholism?
Quite simply, alcoholism is a disease that can happen to anyone and at any point within their lives. It is characterized by the individual developing a regular pattern of drinking and of then being unable to change that pattern irrespective of any negative implications on their career, health or social life. If you have encountered someone with a drink problem or who has been over-indulging, you may have noticed their bloodshot eyes, or that their attention to hygiene or to their overall appearance may have declined dramatically. Some traits are incredibly noticeable such as the smell of alcohol on their breath or through their pores, first thing in the morning.
If you are worried about your own drinking habits or are simply becoming fed up of others nagging at you to stop drinking, be assured that alcoholism is a slippery slope and can affect your whole life. Alcohol may seem to give you a respite from the stresses of the day, it may seem to help you to overcome feelings of loneliness and insecurity or it may give your confidence levels a temporary boost but it’s destructive.
There are many risk factors involved including your general day to day health as well as feelings of depression or low self-esteem. There is no one cause of alcoholism; it is not genetic so if you have concerns that it may be hereditary, because there is a history of alcoholism within your family, rest easy. Perhaps either your mother or father suffered with alcohol abuse? If so, it does not automatically mean that you will although it is easy to absorb their behaviors as being natural even when you see the damage that it can do the person and to the family unit.
Many of those who fall foul of the disease struggle to cut back or to stop altogether without help and many do not like to ask for help because it is hard to admit that there is a problem in the first place.
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism differs greatly. You can abuse your health by drinking copious amounts of alcohol but if there is no deeply rooted need for you to drink more, then you are unlikely to be addicted. Alcohol abuse can occur through a number of reasons including: emotional feelings, bereavement, financial concerns or a general inability to cope with life’s pressures.
Binge drinking is so common these days that it has become ‘almost acceptable’. If acceptable seems to be endorsing the situation, we then can say with certainty that binge drinking has become the norm in many people’s lives. How many times have you seen people staggering around the streets, falling over, or vomiting after a night out? It’s a sad occurrence and one that is likely to continue. As most drink problems are formed during the teenage years, society should certainly look at the drinking behavior of the young and to stop considering it a rite of passage.
Of course it’s not just young people who over-indulge with alcohol, all age groups are at risk and many seemingly settled and more mature people suddenly start binging on alcohol, drinking to excess and damaging their health. Quite often, the behaviors are as a result of triggers which we will discuss in a later chapter.
A change in a previously settled life can easily tip the balance between having just one or two drinks a week to drinking every day and consuming more and more.
Annette Young:Freelance Writer/Author/Editor http://creativecompetitor.com Writers competition and resource website