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Reducing your stress factors: Learn from Nurses

ARE YOU STRESSED out? You’re not alone. More than 75 percent of all Americans see their lives as being too complex. Work and family stress pile on fatigue and stress-related emotions and can create a looming sense of hopelessness and futility.

The causes of stress and anger are many. Here are the top ten reasons for feeling stressed out.

  • Conflicts with love ones
  • Money problems
  • The pace of modern life
  • Working and raising a family
  • Excessive noise
  • Crime in the community
  • Violence on TV and the movies
  • Health problems
  • Commuting
  • Computers

Do you feel stressed out at work? Work stress is high on America’s most wanted list for the stresses out among us. As a matter of fact, violence in the workplace is a growing concern of many. And why shouldn’t  it be? Jobs are becoming increasingly demanding, pressures to produce increase all the time and politics in the workplace can become unbearable, even to the most placid among us.

Technology, once believed to be the savior that would relieve us of stress, simplify our lives and bless us all with more free time, has done the opposite. Instead of more time, our clocks seem to tick faster with each technological breakthrough. Employees who are electronically monitored report anxiety, depression, exhaustion and fear about twice as often as similar employees who are not monitored.

Case Study on Nurses

Laugh your stress away. Humor is a quality of perception that enables us to experience joy even when faced with extremely stressful circumstances.

Nurses who work in stressful environments that place powerful demands upon themselves physically, mentally and emotionally and spiritually can end up emotionally exhausted and spiritually depleted. If you feel this way at work, burnout and a caustic sense of cynicism are not far away. For nurses, chronic exposure to job stress can lead to burnout, which nurse Christine Maslach defines as “a syndrome of emotional exhaustion and cynicism that occurs frequently among individuals who do ‘people work’ of some kind.

Because nurses are compassionate and caring people who work with those who are suffering, they are at great risk for job burnout. Nurses experience a sense of failure when their efforts are ineffective. They become angry and frustrated when patients object to their care, and they grieve when they die. Constantly experiencing such a wide range of emotions leads to stressful changes within their bodies and the hunt for something to combat the stress.