Stress / Pressure Management Cartoon
Stress and pressure are part of daily life. The modern world seems to have speeded up everything and we are often expected to juggle with multiple priorities at once. And yet, there seems to be people who are really good at managing the stress or significant pressure in their lives and who we must be able to learn from. If we do, everyone can perhaps better manage the pressure upon them more wisely.
We need to remember that not all stress is bad, and learning how to deal with and manage it in a balanced way is critical to maximizing our performance, staying safe on the job, and maintaining our physical and mental health. Infrequent exposure to some “gentle” job stress poses minimal threat and may actually be quite effective in increasing motivation and productivity. Too much stress and too prolonged exposure to pressure however can lead to a downward spiral – both professionally and personally.
Toleration of stress and pressure tends to vary from one person to the next, largely because people cope with it quite differently or tactically. Most people typically feel very little in the way of pressure when they have the time, ability and resources to manage a situation or event. However, most of us experience significant pressure when we think we can’t handle the demands put upon us. In this way, stress can be a very negative experience, but it is not necessarily an inevitable consequence – it depends on your perception and your ability to manage it adequately.