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What is stress? Baby don't hurt...yourself

The official defination of stress is that it's "a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that 'demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.' In other words, we feel stressed when we feel that "things are out of control."

Stress can be present in every aspect of our lives whether it be because of family, friends, financial situation and/or work. It can be motivating to a point but mostly it leads to anxiety, decrease productivity and takes a toll on your health. According to Discovery Health, you are at a higher risk for depression, headaches, and any aches and pains you may be having can be attributed to the stress you're experiencing. It can even lead to an early death...yikes.

So how do you keep from burning out? How can we make sure that our lives are balanced at work so our personal doesn't suffer? First, you have to realize that everyone experiences stress differently and, depending on your culture, what you might think is stressful would be nothing to someone else.

Second, think about what kind of person/employee you are. Are you from the school of thought that if you work hard and diligiently, you will succeed or are you the type that thinks that everything that goes wrong in life is because of that dark cloud over your head?

Third, know that when your needs are not being met you can experience high levels of stress that can lead to burnout. According to Maslow's heirarchy of needs, the primary motivation for humans is to satisfy certain needs. They are all ranked from the most basic (physiological) to the highest order of needs (self-actualization).

"Knowing is half the battle". That old cliche is actually relevant, in this case anyway. If you know what kind of person you are and what makes you tick you may be better equipped to utilize that information when addressing certain situations in the work place. Take a deep breath and make sure that you are taking care of number one. Remember that you are only human with needs that must be met so take the time out to do so.

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