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Untreated chronic stress can result in anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.
We make 2 appraisals of every threat - first, the immediate risks we think the situation presents; and then the options we view at our diposal to manage the risks.
Stress can sometimes be a positive, motivating force that can improve the quality of our lives.
Optimists tend to focus on the positive aspects of negative situations.
Affleck, Tennen & Apter, 2001
Resilient people cultivate positive emotions in themselves and in those around them.
Emphasize individuals' skillsets and abilities; this will enhance feelings of self-efficacy, confidence, and expectations of success.
The way we appraise a challenging situation determines the stress we feel.
Everly & Lating, 2002
Seeing a coworker succeed in a task can boost knowledge, confidence, and self-efficacy in related tasks. Visual learning and vicarious experience are most effective for peers and similar others.
CHALLENGES: merger, acquisition, new job, new boss, job offer REACTIONS: uncertainty, fear, anxiety RESEARCH: Psychologists view uncertainty as an uncomfortable lack of information (e.g., Hogg, 2000; Weary & Edwards, 1996). We need information to feel in control (Berlyne, 1960; Imada & Nageishi, 1982; Inglis, 2000). TIPS: Think back – before all the good things that have happened in […]
SITUATIONS: merger, acquisition, new job, new boss, job offer EMOTIONS: uncertainty, fear SCIENCE: Anxiety, depression and uncertainty are closely related. Anxiety is a feeling of dread about the future (Baumeister, Vohs, Aaker & Garbinsky, 2013). When we anticipate harm or danger, we get anxious (Clark, Beck & Brown, 1989). The main sources of depression are failure […]
TRY THIS: Help your peers by giving positive input and advice. DO NOT be negative! Some issues are hard to solve at first, but can become easier after getting tips from skilled peers. Helping others benefits everyone at a job. RESEARCH SAYS: Helping is needed at jobs for efficiency, flexibility, learning, and innovation. The help of […]
TRY THIS: Help everyone that needs it, not just the people that you like. Being helpful can foster trust between peers and make it known that help is always available if you ask. Not only does this give you a chance to refine your skills, but can also create a healthier work culture! RESEARCH SAYS: Workers […]