Wellness

5 Blunt Tips to Relieving Workplace Stressors

Social scientists are always looking for ways to soften the blows of bad life decisions, but we tend to find more harmful ways to temporarily lose touch with life’s realities. How we perceive our self worth is typically defined by our behaviors and the people we choose to associate with. Our same perceptions also seemingly lie in the way we manage the level of stress we bring to our lives, in particular the kind of occupations we choose we choose to work. However temporary or permanently we stay in these work environments rests on how we perceive the degree of compensation, certainty that we will have that job for long, educational opportunities, available health insurances, and gender equality existent in the workplace.

The Money Stressor and Desired Lifestyle

Business schools, particularly that of Stanford and Harvard, concluded that workers who held better-paid jobs were generally found to have a better and longer lifespan overall. However, actuarial data from the Harvard-Stanford study confirmed that high-income workers (who also happen to be white-collar, overall) live longer lives than blue-collar, low-income earners. My caveat to this finding lies first in your discipline to save money, as well as knowing what kind of income is required to live the lifestyle you desire.

Improve Your Lifestyle

The solution to relieving this stressor is to discover what you can do to increase your income at your job, or find residual income from investments and your “hustle” outside of the job. If you love what you do, figure out how to start your own business doing it. Think you are proficient enough in your craft do so? If not, you may always be worried about getting laid off because you are costing your boss too much to keep you, or you asked for a raise because you felt you were not getting paid what you are worth.

Improve Your Lifestyle

The solution to relieving this stressor is to discover what you can do to increase your income at your job, or find residual income from investments and your “hustle” outside of the job. If you love what you do, figure out how to start your own business doing it. Think you are proficient enough in your craft do so? If not, you may always be worried about getting laid off because you are costing your boss too much to keep you, or you asked for a raise because you felt you were not getting paid what you are worth.

The “You Don’t Qualify” Stressor

It’s always that you are underqualified and need a degree to get paid for duties that you are already performing, or they have to let you go because you have the degree and now they can not justify not paying you what you are worth. You will find that the people who get those coveted degrees will discover they don’t want to work that hard anymore to get more income. In this instance, roughly 10-percent of well-educated employees was affected by stress in the workplace, because they were usually part of management, and 19 percent of less educated employees was impacted by this stressor because they were part of the ”blue collar” class.

Invest in Yourself

So, how much is education valued at your job? Have you already been down this road before? You can rest assured that you can relieve this stressor by either finding someone who is willing to pay you for getting the education, or pay you what your abilities are worth. This is as easily done as well as said, but the uncertainty of healthcare is always that “wrench” in the program that will force you to manage the stress on your job a bit longer. There are many employers that do not offer paid sick leave and the best may offer paid paternity leave for at least month, but most of us cannot afford to get sick and some of us cannot trust that their jobs will be waiting for them when they get back.

Invest in Yourself

So, how much is education valued at your job? Have you already been down this road before? You can rest assured that you can relieve this stressor by either finding someone who is willing to pay you for getting the education, or pay you what your abilities are worth. This is as easily done as well as said, but the uncertainty of healthcare is always that “wrench” in the program that will force you to manage the stress on your job a bit longer. There are many employers that do not offer paid sick leave and the best may offer paid paternity leave for at least month, but most of us cannot afford to get sick and some of us cannot trust that their jobs will be waiting for them when they get back.

The “Can’t Afford to Get Sick” Stressor

The inequalities of healthcare and its affordability is black and white (no pun). You pay for the convenience of quality healthcare in America. We have arguably a civic duty to work and pay for the healthcare of those whom have never worked, as well as.stress about not being able to pay our own health insurance premiums.

Physical Responses to Stressors
We must be mindful of the chemical “fight or flight” responses of our body, like excessive cortisol production, that induces weight gain as well as hypertension. The idea employer would encourage healthier psychosocial work environments as a part a comprehensive strategy that aims to reduce the extent of these health insurance inequalities, but who do you know has the ideal employer?

Know Your Worth

Many employers frown on the discussion of salary in the workplace and fudge on the lower scale when the post “salary commensurate with experience”. Many of supervisors who are part of “the establishment” know that you cannot place a justified value on a person’s experience. You only know what skills, knowledge, and abilities are necessary to be successful in that position. What the boss is willing to pay the person has never been objective.

The Pay Inequality Stressor

This disparity has been a struggle for almost a century in this country; however, when the effects of this stressor on the lifespan of the employee were measured, women were more stressed. Can you think of an environment where it is reversed? The findings of Stanford and Harvard business schools showed that even white women with college education suffered more negative effects due to workplace stress—compared to Hispanic women with college degrees. This may be evidence to support the ideology that women’s fight for income equality was more of the white woman’s plight because women of color were too busy fighting social injustice and racial inequality. I doubt there will ever be income equality in a white male dominated corporate structure, so the best solution for this stressor is creating a woman owned, small business. If you are really tired of fighting, go start your own business.

Conclusion

The stressors behind being an employee will always be there when you are relying on one “customer”’ for your livelihood. As the economy goes, so goes the probability of instability, competition for more wages, lack of adequate health insurance, and gender discriminationin income inequality. The best option to relieving yourself of the stressors that exist in the rat race is to be the “dog” chasing the “cat” that is controlling the “rats”. It takes much drive and self discipline to make this happen, but I challenge you to do. Are you really tired of your situation? Change it or keep being the “rat”.

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Not about Control, but Concern: The Misinformation of the Ego

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The union between two A-Type personalities has always been an interesting one, because both appear to have an issue with control and trust. The ego has been the biggest culprit to perceiving situations that  are not there because your mind is there to protect you from threatening situation right? The tendencies to want to take charge in all realms of one’s life tends to be an issue in a relationship because the other half is uncomfortable with the idea that you are trying to change who s/he is. Finally, the concept of concern is misconstrued with control, and misinformation leads to misunderstandings that are the cause of unfortunate breakups.

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The ego can be argued as a person’s perceptions about past experiences, as they relate their perceptions of they are, but it’s amazing how emotions can seriously distort everything. I read an article about an article that explained the concepts behind “ego-resiliency” and I often wondered if our ability to bounce back from negative emotional experiences, or adapt to changing stressful environments , was more sub-conscious than conscious. The tendency of an A-type personality is more fight than flight and the perception to remaining resilient may rest in one’s ability make the partner believe that changing is a good thing and make them less uncomfortable. Many of long-lasting couples may have persevered such unrealistic thinking and learned that being able to communicate their feelings about concern and control was key to their longevity.

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The discomfort with feeling that you must change who you are to stay in a relationship can lead to your leaving or staying based on two agendas: the need for a sense of security  or the intent that you are going to get something that you are too lazy to get for yourself. Typically those with high self-esteem will cut their loses, but conditions such as loss of financial independence, will that ego resiliency to kick in. Growth and maturity are intangible assets that can reinforce a marriage in the long-term, but it never hurts for be proactive in receiving counseling before you go into a marriage or any long-term relationship with implications, should fate rear it ugly head.

Ego is a part of the conscious that you cannot delude yourself in pretending you are not ruled by it. We humans are all fallible and should never be too proud to apologize for actions as a result of misunderstandings.  Concern is typically a good thing, unless you become concerned about a negative impression or feeling, but control, whether positive or negative, is always short-lived and will change when you least expect it.

The karma by an ill-advised ego will always lead to negative outcomes as a result of poor decision-making.

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