Managing The Stress Recovery Balance
Stress is a word that has got a bad name for itself, but not all stress is bad stress. Some believe the workplace should be a stress-free place and they wish to eliminate stress altogether, but companies free of any stress at all may not get anything done. That is because stress helps you to get tasks completed on time. It gets you outside of your comfort zone to help you make progress. Positive stress provides sufficient pressure that you are motivated to do work and make progress on challenging projects.
When stress is bad
Not all stress is good stress. Stress that is not well managed is bad stress, and this can be dangerous. Stress only remains helpful for you to get tasks done if you factor in sufficient stress recovery balance. Without stress recovery balance your likelihood of burning out increases. This occurs when you load stress upon stress upon stress without taking sufficient time to recover.
Burn out occurs when the person reaches the point of being completely overwhelmed and exhausted and when they feel that there is no respite to the stress faced. In these situations employees may become irritable and forgetful. They are no longer as productive as they think they are. Ultimately burnout can lead to employees getting signed off work.
How to prevent bad stress?
While working long hours and delivering to tight deadlines relentlessly may seem as if it will help the organisation achieve its goals, it comes at a heavy price, and is not sustainable. Employees facing this kind of stress will become disheartened and eventually, disengaged. Factoring in stress recovery balance is essential to preventing these types of problems. This is because when the sympathetic nervous system operates for too long without true recovery time, exhaustion occurs.
Stress recovery balance occurs when the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, allowing the sympathetic nervous system to relax. This occurs when relaxation activities are undertaken, such as reading, listening to music, doing meditation or otherwise actively relaxing. In the past, it was thought that work life balance was key, but hobbies may not be helpful in getting the parasympathetic nervous system to take over from the sympathetic. It is this balance that needs to be achieved.
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