Stress: Signs, Symptoms, Management & Prevention
What is stress? Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses.
How Stress Affects Your Mental Health
Researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans (Oct 13-17) presented studies showing how stress, no matter its cause, alters brain circuitry in ways that can have long-term effects on mental health. Research by Dipesh Chaudhury of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York shows that traumatic events appear to cause depression by derailing the brain's so-called reward system, which normally causes pleasurable feelings whenever we engage in fun activities like spending time with friends. People who have suffered major stress, such as soldiers returning from combat, often report that they no longer find pleasure in these things. Mice respond in a similar way to traumatic events, Chaudhury says.
A whopping 92% of working Singaporeans are stressed – and women are prioritising families over themselves, study finds, Business Insider - Business Insider Singapore
Pexels If you’re feeling stressed at work, you’re not alone. A vast majority of working Singaporeans are under stress, and women in particular feel that it’s less manageable, a survey has found. In the 2019 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey, a whopping 92 per cent of working Singaporeans report feeling stressed, higher than the global average of 84 per cent. Of this, 13 per cent say their stress is unmanageable, which is on par with the global average, according to the study which surveyed a total of 13,200 online interviews in 23 markets, including 502 residents in Singapore.
How does stress impact our mental health?
Stress is something everyone experiences. Despite being unpleasant, stress in itself is not an illness. But there are connections between stress and mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research into stress - its causes, effects on the body and its links to mental health - is vital. The more we understand stress, the better we can tackle it.
Coping one day and crying the next: Work-related burnout is real
SINGAPORE: One day at work, Ms Jamuna Raj was striking off “to-dos” from a neat hand-written list, thinking she had a lid on all her tasks at work. But the next day, she was bawling when her boss asked her if she was okay. The 31-year-old, who was handling multiple roles in client management, events, editorial management and production in a small publishing house, did not know what sparked it, but it was the start of her journey towards realising that she was experiencing burnout. “I was striking the to-dos off, but for every one that I did, there were five more.
Watch out for unhealthy responses to stress
You probably have your own ways of dealing with stressful times. Some may be healthy, such as calling a friend, cooking a comforting dinner, or curling up in bed earlier than usual. Others may not be as harmless.
What are the 5 stages of burnout?
Where do you find yourself across these five stages of burnout? In an ideal world, nobody would experience burnout. It’s the state of mind that comes with long-term, unresolved stress, and it can negatively affect your work and your life. In our guide, How to Deal with Stress at Work, we discussed how stress can be both a positive and negative state of mind. With burnout, the best option is to take regular steps to prevent it. Have a read of this guide to understand burnout’s five stages, and join us on our free e-course, The Reignite Project, to start preventing burnout from affecting you.
The Effects of Stress on Your Body
You’re sitting in traffic, late for an important meeting, watching the minutes tick away. Your hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in your brain, decides to send out the order: Send in the stress hormones! These stress hormones are the same ones that trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response. Your heart races, your breath quickens, and your muscles ready for action. This response was designed to protect your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly. But when the stress response keeps firing, day after day, it could put your health at serious risk.
stress – APA Dictionary of Psychology
n. 1. the physiological or psychological response to internal or external stressors. Stress involves changes affecting nearly every system of the body, influencing how people feel and behave. For example, it may be manifested by palpitations, sweating, dry mouth, shortness of breath, fidgeting, accelerated speech, augmentation of negative emotions (if already being experienced), and longer duration of stress fatigue. Severe stress is manifested by the general adaptation syndrome.
Stress in the Workplace
In today's economic upheavals, downsizing, layoff, merger and bankruptcies have cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs. Millions more have been shifted to unfamiliar tasks within their companies and wonder how much longer they will be employed. Adding to the pressures that workers face are new bosses, computer surveillance of production, fewer health and retirement benefits, and the feeling they have to work longer and harder just to maintain their current economic status. Workers at every level are experiencing increased tension and uncertainty, and are updating their resumes.
Coping with stress at work
Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging obligation. But when work stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming — and harmful to both physical and emotional health. Unfortunately, such long-term stress is all too common.
9 in 10 Singaporeans say job hours and workload different from what was promised at the interview: Glassdoor, Business Insider - Business Insider Singapore
A disparity between the expectations and reality of the job affected the “vast majority of employees” in Singapore, Glassdoor said. Pixabay According to a Glassdoor survey, 92% of working adults in Singapore said their hours, workload and responsibilities were different from the expectations set by the company at the job interview.About 70% of millennials said they planned to change jobs this year.Almost 90% of respondents wanted to know what a fair salary was for their position and skills in the Singapore market, showing “a lack of transparency on salary in the workplace”, Glassdoor said.Glassdoor commissioned the survey for its localised Singapore site, which launched on Jan 16.
160,000 Singaporeans hospitalised from stress every year, with over 14 million stress-related doctor visits: report, Business Insider - Business Insider Singapore
One in every three GP visits here is linked to stress-related conditions, a healthcare report has found. Pixabay Feeling stressed right now? You’re not alone – Singapore forks out billions of dollars a year to treat stress-related medical problems, a new global report on stress in eight countries has found. The report, published in November by health insurance firm Cigna, looked at the costs of treating stress in Singapore, the US, UK, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, the UAE, and South Korea. For local findings, the report took data from the Ministry of Health, National Healthcare Group Polyclinics, SingHealth, Raffles Medical and Parkway Holdings.
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