Stressed Out and Miserable? - Solutions that Manage and Stop the Job Related Stress.

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Stress; what is it?  We can blame stress on a lot of things, but actually, stress is what your body experiences when you're forced to deny what you want in favor of what you "must" do.  Clearly, some stress is good, and some urges are better put aside. 

Experiencing the beauty of achievement after a long struggle, or the "thrill of the chase," would be gone without stress.  But then, there are other, destructive forms of stress too.

Job stress happens for a variety of reasons.  When we have to put away easier, more rewarding tasks in favor of deadlines and difficult demands, job stress happens.  Multi-tasking is a job stress playground.  When we have to put aside family and friends, in favor of work, the stress meter rises.  Add a job you hate to the mix, and you're speeding down a very bad road.

Your body is equipped to handle stress to some degree but, when delay of gratification or urge denial is constant and prolonged, your body's defense and revolt mechanisms go into warp drive.  Meltdown, disobedience and rebellion happen.  Unintended and unfortunate consequences keep the stress cycle going.  Extended exposure to stress causes depression and anger, and put us further out of control.

With a little understanding, it's possible to stop the stress cycle in its tracks. Physical exercise, deep relaxed breathing, sleep, and small, regular blasts of happiness and reward all release stress-reducing neurotransmitters in your brain.  Developing a sense of timing can really help - you need about 10-15 minutes for those neurotransmitters to do their work.

Take a walk before you start that awful assignment, and regularly during multi-tasking marathons.  Vitamins and supplements, like B-stack, antioxidants and Omega fatty acids help replenish and support the neurotransmitter supply, but be careful; caffeine and sugars raise your need for action and make it harder to sit still, pay attention, and deny or delay gratification.  Ultimately, they just add stress!

The simple solution? Work in a job you love. Work in an environment and for a boss that match your personal style and your lifestyle needs.  If you're not that fortunate, make sure you take regular breaks, and keep smile-inducing and deep breath-causing goodies and squeezables close at hand.  And remember; the best long term solution for job related stress will be to find that job and that environment that puts your daily stress back on the short term, healthy meter scale.

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