It’s not always a bad thing that people experience challenges within their lives that create levels of pressure, for example the need for quick thinking when faced with a risky situation.
Up to a certain point, heightened pressure can sometimes improve performance, such as feeling motivated to reach a target. However, if pressure becomes unreasonable and too much is being asked of you, and/or it continues for a long period of time, it loses all those positive effects and can become very damaging to health.
Of course every individual is unique and their threshold of when pressure tips into stress will vary.
So today, here is your friendly reminder to regularly check in with yourself and get to know your own tipping point to prevent stress at work.
I like to call these Eu-Stress and Dy-stress… I recently learnt the words euphoria (what a beautiful word) (meaning intense excitement and happiness) and dysphoria (meaning a state of unease or dissatisfaction with life).
Since, I have used these to check in. Tension: eu-stress can be a great motivator to go for that thing you would love, but when we start to tip into dy-stress then self care begins to slide.
Here are three tips to spot the dy-stress tipping point:
- You stop prioritising your basic needs: eg bathroom brakes, drinking water, taking lunch
- You are holding your breath at work
- You feel agitated or ‘off’ centre in yourself
and three suggestions to come back to balance at work:
- Breathe: long deep breathing or box breathing (learn more here)
- Take a walk in nature
- Talk to someone at work or a friend: let them know that you are overloaded and ask for help: my biggest tip for dealing with stress is don’t suffer in silence!
We love you, and hope this helps stay in eu-stress this week.