Do We Need to be Concerned about Stress?
Stress is simply your body’s normal response to an external stimulus that makes you feel threatened or uncomfortable. It’s purpose is to protect us.
Our body’s response to stress is a reality that can create serious health concerns, like heart disease, diabetes, cancers and more, as well as being a catalyst to damaging relationships, disruption of sleep patterns, digestive issues and more.
Stress is responsible for between 70% and 90% of all doctor’s visits in North America. And most are completely unaware that stress is the root of their illness. According to the Centre for Disease Control in the United States (US-CDC) it is the root cause of over half of all deaths in those under 65. And it has been called the ‘health epidemic of the 21st century’ by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Are you Stressed?
. . . And don’t know it?
The fact is that it is costing Canadian business in excess of $50B annually.
Stress can be particularly detrimental at work. The stress response is designed to protect us from danger. The amygdala, (also known as part of the primal or reptilian brain) takes control by shutting down the ‘thinking’ brain as it prepares the body for ‘fight or flight’. When this happens, employees may be physically present, but unable to function to their potential. One client of ours described his project management team as frozen like ‘deer caught in the headlights’.
The modules in the Emergent WorkForce™program provide powerful tools to shift the stress response of the body, so that the stress is much less impactful. Through program modules that work with emotional intelligence, effective communication, coupled with a culture of respect, stress itself can be minimized.
To learn more about stress, and the stress response, please click below to read our article “The Elephant in the Room”.