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Stress, the Workplace, and Adrenal Fatigue – Part 2


September 9, 2009 | Published by

A meta-study on the cost of stress to business revealed that 75 to 80% of the stress in a person’s life is work related. Much of the stress at work is actually unnecessary and can be eliminated or minimized. Many people are not aware that the typical work-related behaviors listed below actually stress their adrenals and can lead to health problems that will eventually interfere with their ability to work. The following are warning signs that you are mistreating your body and are risking some aspect of your health breaking down on you:

  • using caffeinated beverages to keep going instead of taking proper nourishment or getting enough sleep
  • missing meals
  • eating non-nourishing foods
  • continually working through lunch hours and past the hours of a normal work day
  • coming to work sick
  • not exercising regularly
  • not taking time to relax and enjoy life

In addition, there are many common workplace situations that increase stress. These fall into two categories:

1) The physical environment:

  • poor lighting
  • air quality
  • noise
  • inadequate tools for the job
  • lack of access to facilities, etc. and

2) The work culture:

  • insufficient job training
  • office conflicts
  • inadequate access to resources
  • low compensation
  • responsibility without commensurate power (common with middle management)
  • unrealistic expectations and deadlines
  • absence of positive feedback, etc.

Your health is a very valuable, but often ignored, aspect of success. Consciously redesigning your lifestyle and work place with the goal of decreasing these stress factors can profoundly affect your long term success as well as your health. When you are healthy and work in a physically and psychologically healthy environment, you are capable of greater productivity, a higher level of cooperation, more enthusiasm for work, and a deeper commitment to your job. You get to spend more time getting work done rather than trying to cope with stress fallout. Discovering how to minimize and manage stress in your personal and work life so you can avoid or recover from adrenal fatigue could turn out to be one of the most worthwhile lessons learned.

Stress, the Workplace, and Adrenal Fatigue – Part 1

Stress, the Workplace, and Adrenal Fatigue – Part 3

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