Last Monday was "Blue Monday" - the most depressing, stressful day of the year. By now you've heard all about it. And its a fun fact to talk about - even if it is just pseudoscience - but stress, and depression, the hallmarks of this time of year - play a huge role in productivity, performance and resilience to stress in the workplace. And it's losing you, and your company, money.
Stress. It’s like this shadow that follows you everywhere and every day. In your early adulthood, you worked hard in school so that you can get a good job when you graduate. You had aspirations and career goals. You were excited to make a difference in the world. You were told that with hard work, comes success, respect from others, and wealth. Then, the real-world hits – tight project deadlines, conflicting personalities at work, pressure to make more money not to mention raising kids and still finding time for your partner. Where does that leave YOU in the equation?
According to a study conducted by Statistics Canada in 2010, at least 1 in 4 (27%) working adults feel that they have high levels of stress in their daily lives. Almost 3 out of 4 working adults experience some level of stress every day. There are of course many sources of stress in one’s life, but more than half surveyed identified their work as the main source.
Did you know that the common symptoms many working adults often complain about are caused by stress? Examples of these symptoms include:
- Weight gain
- Frequent sickness
- Insomnia or other sleep issues
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Low libido
- Sugar craving
- Sore body
It doesn’t take long for one to start experiencing many of the above symptoms. The physiological impact that stress has on one’s body eventually leads to more serious health issues such as the world's leading killers: diabetes and cardiovascular disease, not to mention a myriad other chronic diseases.
And it's not just physical signs and symptoms - Stress also takes a toll on your mental health:
- Mental fog
- Easily irritated or aggravated
- Constant anxiety
- Inability to cope in life
These common effects of stress can often cause one’s behavior and personality to shift. This results in huge impacts on his/her relationships, health, work quality, and other important aspects in life. Decreased productivity + worsened work quality = longer hours worked + poor performance reviews, which leaves you less of a chance for getting that raise or promotion you’ve been eyeing.
If you are an employer, highly stressed employees will cost you big $$$. Almost 50 billion dollars to be precise for the Canadian economy as a whole!
Stay tuned. In this series, Dr. Jason Marr ND and I will expose the secrets of high-end professionals, executives and entrepreneurs that enable them to defy stress, and develop tools to become resilience in the face of stress. We'll explore the connection between immunity and stress, diet, lifestyle and evidence-based herbal medicines to manage and overcome stress, anxiety and burnout, while maximizing performance, productivity and resilience.
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Catherine is a Holistic Nutritionist whose passion lies in educating and empowering corporate professionals to achieve optimal well-being. She designs and coaches her clients through individualized action plans which incorporate elements of diet, lifestyle and supplementation. Since life is a marathon not a sprint, Catherine’s mission is to show working adults how career and life goals can be achieved without sacrificing physical and mental health.