Stress when clubbed with obsessive compulsive disorder makes one unmanageable and puts one on the border line of personality disorder.
Initially the performance of a person was the only key factor that was considered but now, performance is clubbed with competition, excellence, organisation, technology, education, administration and execution. The stress and pressure of performance in a person’s daily life thus acquired has given rise to major health issues today.
As Anuja Kapur, Criminal Psychologist and Socialist, says: “The leadership quality is no more to be seen. Becoming a boss in every field and trying to do things alone without taking help from teammates has proven to be a major disaster not only in personal life but also in the professional front.”
She explains: “Stress is also felt in educational sector; research students have had massive anxiety attacks due to overwhelming stress in their life. Students are not able to cope up with the pressure which they face daily in schools, colleges and at home. Students have started facing many health issues- such as major depressive disorders, suicidal tendencies, bi-polar disorders- which have hampered their performances and forced them to remain within their own respective shells.”
Students are not able to open up their feelings with parents, teachers or tutors. They remain in their own world and the competition around them kills their performance. Even if they want to explore, the busy world cannot provide quality time to them.
Kapur advices, “The ability to deal with stress can be the difference between success and failure at work. Stress is not always bad, if in comfort zone of the person it can help the individual to meet new challenges at the work place. It keeps us on the toes to prevent accidents or costly mistakes at work. But in today’s hectic world with long tiring hours, tight deadlines and increasing demands, one is left worried, uncertain and overwhelmed by the stress.
“When stress exceeds our comfort zone area it stops being helpful and starts causing major damages to our mind and body, but no matter what we do for a living, how stressful our job is, there are plenty of things that can reduced overall stress level and help us regain control on the work.”
Symptoms of stress at work
When we are overwhelmed by the work, we lose confidence, become angry, irritable or withdrawn. Other signs and symptoms include:
Loss of interest in work
Muscle tension or headaches
Causes of excessive stress in life
Eye hawk on team’s performance every time creates anxiety
Fear of being laid off
Fear of being super succeeded by a competent colleague
Pressure to perform to meet rising expectations but without job satisfaction
Politics and corruption have lowered the humanitarian ground which again brings stress and a feeling of hopelessness
Pressure at work is a major cause for the occurrence of domestic violence, broken homes incompetency in relationships and parenting
Stress coping tips
Initiate positive relationships: Sharing our thoughts and feelings with another person can help reduce stress. The other person does not have to be a doctor or a counsellor, just needs to be a good listener. Developing friendships with co workers can also help in reducing stress
Don’t stop moving: Staying at one place also leads to boredom and loss of interest. Bringing change in our environment brings change in us. When under stress take a quick break and move away from the stressful situation. It will help us, like eating small and frequent meals maintains the level of blood sugar, keeping us energetic, helping us avoid mood swings
Sleep well: Sleep is like a morphine induced in the system which helps us relax rejuvenate and come back with a stronger, energetic approach to the same old problem
Organise and prioritise your work: Create a balanced schedule between work and family life. Try to be punctual, leave early for work. Planning your day will help you to reorganise the scattered and unfinished work leading to deadlines
Plan small approachable goals: Instead of having a goal which is unapproachable, inaccessible, unmanageable we should plan to have small approachable goals. This helps in retaining confidence and keeps us motivated.
Take Help: If you are feeling stressful, degenerated, nervous, impatient, anxious, it’s better to take help from a counsellor to understand your symptoms and to cope with them.