Lets start off by being frank with each other. For those who has stumbled across this blog, I believe that well over 90% of readers would agree that they are currently experiencing some form of stress in the workplace. Stress can be caused by job insecurity, problems with co-workers or the boss, health issues, dissatisfaction or feeling unhappy with your job or various other factors that you are experiencing. If you can identify with one or more of the above stress producers, you may consider the possibility of taking control of your life by starting your own home-based online business.
What is Stress and How Can It Affect You?
Stress is the physical, mental and emotional human response to a particular stimulus, known as a “stressor”. It is the adaption/coping response that helps the body to prepare for challenging situations. Stress can be either negative or positive, depending on the stressor.
When the average person hear the word stress, they may fret a little because it is mostly seen in a negative light. It is a well-known fact that when we continually tense up psychologically, our body may react in various ways.
When stress is not managed well or when we experience too much of it, stress begins to negatively impact our health and well-being. Chronic stress can lead to muscle tension, high blood pressure, or anxiety. Chronic stress also weakens our immune systems, making us more likely to get sick. The bodily changes caused by stress take a toll, often leading to mental and physical exhaustion and illness.
Stress In The Workplace.
Stress is a part of life, there is no way of getting around it. In today’s economic upheavals, downsizing, layoff, merger and bankruptcies have cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs.
According to The American Psychological Association, the following variables can be contributed to workplace stress:
A sense of powerlessness
A feeling of powerlessness is a universal cause of job stress. When you feel powerless, you’re prey to depression’s traveling companions, helplessness and hopelessness. You don’t alter or avoid the situation because you feel nothing can be done.
Secretaries, waitresses, middle managers, police officers, editors and medical interns are among those with the most highly stressed occupations marked by the need to respond to others’ demands and timetables, with little control over events. Common to this job situation are complaints of too much responsibility and too little authority, unfair labor practices and inadequate job descriptions. Employees can counteract these pressures through workers’ unions or other organizations, grievance or personnel offices or, more commonly, by direct negotiations with their immediate supervisors.
When you’re a square peg and your job is a round hole
Remember the old saying, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Most people spend about 25 percent of their adult lives working. If you enjoy what you do, you’re lucky. But if you’re the proverbial square peg and your job is a round hole, job stress hurts your productivity and takes a serious toll on your mind and body.
There are many reasons for staying in a job that doesn’t fit you or that you don’t particularly like. One reason can be the “golden handcuff” — having salary, pension, benefits and “perks” that keep one tied to a job regardless of stress consequences.
Many people are in jobs they don’t like or aren’t good at. The quick answer is to get a job they like or one that better matches their skills, abilities and interest — easier said than done. Some clients have no idea what kind of job they would like or what kind of job would be better. Worse, they don’t have a clue on how to go about finding out this information.
Traumatic events on the job
Some jobs are inherently dangerous and others can suddenly become so. Criminal justice personnel, firefighters, ambulance drivers, military personnel and disaster teams witness many terrible scenes and are exposed to personal danger routinely. They usually handle such incidents capably. But occasionally a particularly bad episode will stay with them, appearing in memory flashbacks and nightmares. Sleep disturbance, guilt, fearfulness and physical complaints may follow. Even ordinary jobs can become traumatic: a co-worker, boss or client physically threatens an employee; a bus crashes on a field trip; an employee is robbed or taken hostage; a shooting occurs. Such events can create post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and result in workers’ compensation claims if left untreated by a trauma specialist.
Sometimes your work setting creates physical stress because of noise, lack of privacy, poor lighting, poor ventilation, poor temperature control or inadequate sanitary facilities. Settings where there is organizational confusion or an overly authoritarian, laissez-faire or crisis-centered managerial style are all psychologically stressful.
Start Your Home-based Online BusinessRealistically, “How many are fortunate enough of having that perfect job that they look forward to everyday?” I would say …. very few. The good news is that there are simple ways of achieving a more fun-filled peace of mind. One way is to start taking control over your life by starting your own business.
You may be asking yourself “Why an online business?” The internet has revolutionized almost everything that we do. There are about two billion people who use the internet on a daily basis. This is even one more reason why trying out an online business is a good move.
An online business is also flexible. Your business can be open for commerce 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Even when you are sleeping, your business will still be working. This means you can even earn and make money while sleeping.
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If your life feels hectic, monotonous, or incomplete, then you need to get back in control. Anything that holds value in life requires time, effort, focus, and is likely to cause discomfort along the way. Be the person you want to be, and live the life you want by learning how to change your thinking, make lifestyle modifications, and be productive.
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