2017 is in full swing. The holidays are over, and so are those New Year's Resolutions everybody was so excited about. Now is the time when the gym starts to empty out and old unhealthy habits may begin to creep back into our lives. As a company, it is important to continue to promote wellness at the office and to follow through with your company's New Year's Resolutions.
Stress has become one of those words that people use to indicate feeling overwhelmed, busy and over-worked. Feeling stressed is not fun and most of us feel rushed and stressed on a daily basis. We multitask both at work and at home and tend to spend little time to take care of ourselves and our needs. Stress is normal and everyone experiences it differently. There is such a thing as good stress or eustress, which represents the type of drive that is energizing and motivates us to complete a task. It is important to have eustress in our lives, because it helps us feel challenged and incentivized to test our limits, expand our knowledge and master skills. However, when stress accumulates and becomes too much to bear, our capacity to cope is taxed, tension builds and we feel overwhelmed and helpless. People respond differently to stress, depending on their coping skills. When people’s coping skills are not enough to provide relief, they make poor decisions which adds more stress and a vicious cycle begins.
If you find yourself experiencing/doing any of the following, your coping skills can be improved:
- Inability to meet work or school deadlines
- Feelings of pressure and anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping
- Over-eating/ not having healthy eating habits
- Increase in smoking, alcohol/drug use
- Increases in illnesses, like colds and flu, which signal a weak immune system
How many times have you said to yourself, “This year will be different! I will [insert new health behavior here]!”? If you are like the majority of people, you have set a New Year’s resolution or two for yourself in the past. You might even be thinking of marching into the new year resolutely with your head held high and a plan to change your life for the better. Well, if you are like the majority of people, then it is also likely that you are setting yourself up for failure.
But wait- all hope is not lost. By learning some of the reasons we are typically destined for failure, you can go into the new year better equipped to make healthy choices and stick to them.