Is your day so densely packed there’s hardly any room for you?
Hey, you almost forgot to eat lunch. Again!
It’s go, go, go all day to meet a project deadline. You’re on edge and so is everyone else. And of course, there’s some hurdles to get through. Delays no one saw coming. Changes and reorganization and …welcome to a reality you know pretty well, don’t you?
By the end of your work day, you may need that cup of coffee you’re trying not to drink past 10:00 AM or you’ll have another sleepless night. Oh, and you feel like maybe you’re coming down with something. Again. When all the stress hits you, getting sick seems to be your body’s go-to response. And of course, you can’t take a sick day! There’s no time for that!
Maybe your body’s sending you a message that you’re not handling all the responsibility in the best self-caring way.
Stress in the workplace is a huge financial drain on companies and an emotional drain on workers at all levels.
Here’s some recent data on the subject that seems to be relevant:
- Over half of work days are lost annually in the U.S. from absenteeism due to stress (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)
- One in five of all work no-shows are due to job stress
- Unanticipated absenteeism costs American companies $602.00/worker and a price tag for large employers could approach $3.5 million annually.
- 80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in “learning how to manage stress and 42% say their coworkers need help
- 14% of respondents had felt like striking a coworker in the past year, but didn’t.” (American Workplace VII (January 2018)!!!!!
- The stress impact on increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other impacted health conditions.
The statistics on workplace violence is also pretty startling, isn’t it? The spike in violence in our society in itself can cause you to take stress more seriously than you have been. It is showing up in the workplace and in your personal life. And with people on-edge it’s something to be aware of; especially with the recent awareness in the media about suicide and depression. Stress is often a contributing factor.
When you can effectively manage your own regulated emotions to replenish yourself, you also get to positively model that behavior change to others.
Another huge issue appears that stress due to job insecurity has skyrocketed as a result of layoffs and business failures. Even though the statistics on low unemployment look strong, the reality is that the trend of contractors versus employees has impacted stress and uncertainty in people along with this. Given that job stress is costly, the price tag for the U.S. industry is estimated at over $300 billion annually due to employee turnover, diminished productivity and engagement in jobs.
There appears to be a direct relationship between stress and job satisfaction. So, when you look at the challenges facing many companies related to attracting and keeping talent, that’s a huge contributor of stress in itself. Since I’m a fan of fostering a business culture that fosters growth, learning, social connections, impact, purpose and values, that seems to be a practical place to begin.
Happiness and job satisfaction appears directly related to not eradicating stress but having tools to go beyond responsibility mode stress into feeling valued, trusting and excited by your position in a company. It also helps when you feel valued and supported by a growth-oriented business culture.
Several forward-thinking companies are blazing new business cultures such as Motley Fool, Earth Friendly Products, Google, Zappos, Microsoft and others that offer a lot of practical programs for employees. What sets them apart is recognizing that financial compensation isn’t the only indicator of job satisfaction. A static and predictable job can add to overwhelm and stress; especially if you do not feel valued and supported by your company culture.
More and more companies have begun offering wellness coaching that include specific science-based approaches that target overwhelm, uncertainty and stress.
Another great example is the learning company Mindvalley in how they cultivate individual personal growth, along with the latest science-based stress-management approaches such as the 6-phase meditation, strong social connections and much more. I’m happy to be a part of the co-creation between my company, “It Doesn’t Feel Like Work,” in bringing this training and leadership model to businesses as a Mindvalley Master Certified Trainer.
When you have the skills, deadlines and once impossible-seeming projects are much easier and less stressful to deal with. You’ll have more ease without the weight of responsibility stress to get it done.
And knowing that “happiness is an inside job” you also get to uncover the very best emotional-regulation strategies for yourself that contribute to your most regulated state of emotions. Some tried and true ways that I’ve used personally and support my clients to use to regulate the overwhelm overload stress of “responsibility mode blues” are suggested below:
- Discharge negative emotions in a healthy way such as, take a walk, move your body, take relaxing breaths, stay hydrated with clean water, etc.
- Do a series of 5 breaths as follows: Inhale for a count of 5, hold for 5, exhale for 5. This practice actually expels CO2 (which can build up a stress tension reaction in your body) and boosts your O2, thereby oxygenating your bloodstream, filling your lungs and providing cleansing fuel for your entire neurological system of operation!
- Think of what you feel really grateful for in your life. Engage with the emotional memory of an experience. This step in itself completely re-routes the heaviness of taking on too much responsibility and having a stress response that impedes you showing up as your best self!
Would love to hear comments on how these tools help you. Please comment below!
Stay tuned for my 10tips10days coming soon on how to #bendoverwhelminto happiness. If you’re wondering how to up-level your work culture, let’s have a conversation, reply to this email or Facebook message me!