Posted in Notes: work related topics

Coping with work stress.

With a modern way of life work stress has become something normal. We have lots of tasks, deadlines, projects etc, and we are so caught up with all that is happening, that we do not even notice that we are stressed. Somehow we ignore the fact that sometimes we just have too much on our plate, and we are too stressed. We ignore the symptoms and believe that they will just go away, but unfortunately it is not true.

The pressure in our society is huge nowadays, we are supposed to be everything and everywhere: we need to work, study, go to gym, have family, have hobbies etc. And then, when it comes to work, the load of it and the deadlines are giving the constant pressure on us, and I notice how harsh we can be on ourselves for not being perfect, for not being able to do everything.

What to do to ease the stress:

  1. Let it go! Just let it go, it’s difficult, but once you reach the point, when you are ready to let go all of your worries, you will find peace and balance. We can’t do it all, no one can. We are all humans and no one is perfect.
  2.  Be honest with your boss. If you have too much to do at work- say it! Say it out loud to your boss, explain the situation with reasonable arguments. I do believe that if we explain everything, our boss will understand or at least try to understand, and even though he(she) might not lower the amount of work immediately, but maybe  he (she) will think if they should reconsider the resource allocation.
  3. Open up to your family/friends. They might not understated exactly your situation, but the words of support are the best cure for stress. And just acknowledging the problem will help you to cope with stress. If we keep storing all negative emotions we have from work stress inside, it will have negative consequence on our lives and health.

 

You can find an interesting article on how stress affects our health by HealthLine https://www.healthline.com/health/stress/effects-on-body#1 , so the range of diseases and symptoms we might get from stress varies from simple headaches to insomnia and risk of heart attack.

Constant stress is not a normal state of our body and mind, so if you feel stressed, do not neglect it, seek for help and find a way to reach balance in order to have a happy and healthy life.

May the force be with you!

Cheers

Daria

Posted in Notes: motivation & goals

How sleep deprivation kills our motivation.

It seems that in today’s way of life we never get enough sleep. The rhythm we live in is crazy and unstable, we have deadlines for work, school or just any other event. We get caught up in the process sometimes so much, that we lose the track of time. This leads to us staying up late and finishing whatever assignment we have to do in order to meet the deadlines. We do not notice how we start neglecting normal sleep rhythm, we start to feel tired and cranky, because we did not have enough sleep, and we end up in an endless cycle of sleep deprivation.

However sleep is one of the most important things needed in order to function normally. According to article by Healthline:

Your body needs sleep, just as it needs air and food to function at its best. During sleep, your body heals itself and restores its chemical balance. Your brain forges new connections and helps memory retention. Without enough sleep, your brain and body systems won’t function normally. It can also dramatically lower your quality of life. A review of 16 studies found that sleeping for less than 6 to 8 hours a night increases the risk of early death by about 12 percent.

Below you can find the illustration by Healthline, which shows the main effects of sleep deprivation on our body and overall state.

Sleep_Deprivation_Effects_Pinterest_crop.jpg
Picture source: https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-deprivation/effects-on-body#2

As you can see, the sleep deprivation impacts us on different levels: from mood changes and loss of concentration to risk of getting ill. This whole bunch of impacts has a huge influence on our motivation. When we are tired, out of mood and energy, our motivation level drops to the bottom. We do not feel like doing anything, because we simply do not have energy to do it. This leads to us not achieving our goals/dreams and being unsatisfied with ourselves and our lives. So in the end, sleep deprivation simply leads to us being unhappy.

What to do?

Take care of your sleep routine and do not underestimate the importance of it. Find an optimal time for going to bed (usually between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.) and waking up (usually between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.). Of course, we all have different kinds of work, but even if you have night shifts, still try to have a good 7-8 hour sleep, and you will feel generally much better and much more motivated to start doing things.

Cheers.

May the force be with you!

Sources: https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-deprivation/effects-on-body#2