How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
When you perceive threats, either through thinking or the immediate response of the amygdala, the fight or flight reaction is triggered, during which the hypothalamus causes the adrenal glands (which are situated above the kidneys) to release hormones including epinephrine (aka adrenaline) and cortisol that prepare the body for fighting or running away.
Epinephrine increases heart rate, increases blood pressure and increases energy. Cortisol increases blood sugar and prepares the system for repairing tissue damage. It also turns down non-essential areas including the immune system, and other processes for digestion, reproduction and growth.
When stressors go away, the body returns to normal, but if the things that create stress are constantly or repeatedly present, then the stress system is constantly turned on, leading to blood systems damage, exhaustion, digestive problems and other symptoms such as memory and sleep problems.
The cost of stress for the individual is potentially very high, and many die or become unemployable through stress-related illness.
Stress can also affect your personal life, with stress at work overflowing into behaviors at home that harm your family and friends.
Even if you keep it to yourself, your loss of functionality, both at work and at home will affect people in both arenas.
Stress has high costs for employers. Data includes:
Other impacts include:
When you are getting stressed, find ways of de-stressing. Also remember that tomorrow is another day, and if you want to enjoy your life, then building an effective
When you are winding up and overloading people to get more work done, remember to balance the benefit now with the potential high costs later.