All of us experience stress and anger from time to time. They are normal, commonly experienced emotions. However, stress and anger can be significantly destructive if we fail to control them. Stress and frequent or misplaced anger can destroy our relationships, hurt our reputations, damage our health, and limit our opportunities.
Stress and anger can serve a useful purpose, spurring action or change. But in other cases, their intensity, duration, or frequency can be problematic when it comes to your work performance. They can interfere with your productivity as well as impact your emotional and physical health. Stress and anger can even determine success or failure in your job.
Stress has a role in anger. If you`re prone to anger, then stress will likely escalate your angry behaviors. But stress isn’t always bad – it’s healthy when controlled. A little bit of stress can help you stay energetic, focuses, and able to face new challenges in your workplace. But in today`s hectic world, your workplace too often seems like an emotional roller coaster. Tight deadlines, ever-increasing demands, and long hours can leave you feeling drained, overwhelmed, and worried.
You can’t control everything in your work environment, but that does not mean you`re powerless. Whatever your work demands, there is a way to protect yourself from the damaging effects of anger and stress, improve your work performance and enhance your well-being in and out of the workplace. In this article, you`ll learn 7 ways stress and anger destroy your work performance and how to cope with them.
Ways Stress and Anger are Destructive to Body and Mind and How that Affects Work Performance
1. Withdrawal and Distraction
Stress and anger are some of the common contributors to strained Relationships and interactions. They are a major contributor to work burn-out and strained interactions with peers as well as supervisors. They deplete people, sapping their cognitive resources, and increase vigilance. This implies that when you`re stressed you`re more likely to notice negative behaviors and are not able to stop yourself from reacting to them. These emotions create a combined feeling of hopelessness and helplessness, which generate heightened sensitivities to all kinds of criticism, depression, defensiveness, and paranoia about job security. These emotions also cause jealousy and resentment towards colleagues who seem to have everything in the workplace under control, withdrawal, diminished self-esteem, and short-fuse tempers.
2. Difficulty Concentrating
Work has too much pressure on you and that pressure turns into stress when you can’t cope. Stress can interfere with how you behave, think, and how your body works. One common sign of stress is difficulty concentrating. Difficulty concentrating is a period and normal occurrence at the workplace for most people. Anger and emotional stress can lead to concentration in most people. You rely on concentration to get through work each day. When you can’t concentrate, you can’t focus on a task, maintain your attention, or think clearly. Your performance can be greatly affected when you can’t concentrate. You may also note that difficulty concentrating means you can’t think as well, which may affect your decision-making.
3. Lack of Focus
The positive side of anger and stress is that they can jump-start your adrenaline and motivate you to carry out your tasks in response to impending deadlines. However, lack of peer support, too many demands at once, and overwhelming workload can be the reason for your anger and stress. They create a sense of panic and frustration that there isn’t adequate time to perform your tasks. This, in turn, results in you being unable to manage time well and can fuel your resentment towards your work as well as negatively impact your performance and productivity.
4. Sleep Disorders
Most people toss and turn or watch the clock when they can’t sleep for a night or two. But for some, a sleepless night is a routine. Stress and anger can be the cause of sleeping problems or could make existing problems worse. Sleep disorders are characterized by irregular sleep patterns that interfere with your emotional, mental and physical functioning. This then gets to your work performance because you`ll have difficulty concentrating or feel drained. Good sleep helps you to think clearly, remember things, and make decisions. When you don`t get enough, quality sleep, it impairs your `executive function’ – which is a set of abilities you need to perform well at work. Lack of sleep also makes it difficult to pay attention or focus.
Mental exhaustion can occur in anyone who experiences long term stress. It is of the earliest sign that you`re on the verge of burn out. Feeling exhausted is basically your body`s way of telling you that you need to slow things down. You demanding work coupled with lack of sleep puts extra strain on your body. As such, you may begin to feel less energetic and with time, feel more constantly weak. Physical exhaustion can be brought about by mental exhaustion. It impairs physical performance and might make even simple exercises or tasks seem considerably more demanding and physical taxing. These physical and cognitive changes affect your ability to function in your workplace. You`ll have high rates of absence from work, low self-esteem, missed deadlines, and a lack of enthusiasm at work.
6. Alcohol and Drug Use
People who experience stress and anger mostly turn to drug and alcohol use as a way to cope. These emotions, coupled with poor coping events may be a risk factor in addiction initiation. And dealing with alcoholism or substance abuse is not easy, as well. It’s even more challenging when you`re also struggling with mental health issues like stress and anger. Turning to alcohol and drug use to cope with stress and anger isn’t necessarily a solution, as they can cause stress on your body`s physiological balance. Researchers have indicated that alcohol takes a physiological and psychological toll on the body and might actually compound the effects of stress. Alcohol consumption might seem to offer some relief –relaxation and positive feelings- in the short term, but as your stress and anger continue long term, excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of developing alcohol use disorders. It diminishes your level of concentration and coordination in your work performance. This lowers your productivity, which in turn impacts your goals and objectives.
7. Loss of Interest
Stress and anger interfere with your ability to stay focused, process new information and to apply to physical tasks and analytical situations that need you to focus. When you`re mentally exhausted from too much stress and anger, you are more easily distracted and prone to make harmful, costly or even fatal mistakes on your job.
What can Business Hypnotherapy Do For You?
Hypnotherapy is well-known as a treatment plan for habit breaking. Well, it can also help you manage your stress and anger in a variety of ways. The initial aim of your hypnotherapist is to understand the root cause of your stress and anger. Anger management problems and stress often stem from past experiences and encounters. These experiences can shape your beliefs and behavioral system. So while you may think your colleague`s situation at work is the cause of your stress, it may well come from yourself. Once your hypnotherapist understands this, they will begin the process of changing it.
During your hypnotherapy sessions, the hypnotherapist will work on both unconscious and conscious levels to assist you to change your negative thought processes. This may entail suggestions aimed at controlling your stress or anger levels as well as relaxation techniques. The goal of hypnotherapy is to assist you to become an observer to your emotions rather than being a slave to them. Most people think that using hypnotherapy for anger management is about learning to suppress anger. But that’s not the case. The main aim is no to suppress feelings of stress and anger, but rather to help you understand the message behind the emotions and express them in a healthy manner.
When you`re getting help for your stress and anger management, there are certain things you can do right away. Learning about what triggers your emotions, for example, will enable you to be prepared when they begin. Learn the patterns by evaluating a situation that made you stressed or angry, including who was involved, and what was said. This information will help your hypnotherapy get to the root cause of your problem. When you practice hypnotherapy, you1ll also get to learn relaxation techniques like, meditation, visualization exercises, and breathing exercises, which you can use to keep yourself calmer and less stressed.
Why Choose Our Hypnotherapy?
I became a hypnotherapist because I always wanted to help people change. Alongside my successful Finance career, I started as a volunteer trainer for the Samaritans 13 years ago. Since then, I have helped hundreds of people get over their barriers and quit their bad habits. Based in central London, my hypnotherapy has been effective in anger and stress management not only in London but across the UK.
Can you imagine feeling better, more clear-headed, and calmer? Changing or letting go of that intensive emotion or stressful thought is the way to go. Change shouldn’t be hard or take months. The difficult part is making the decision to change something. My hypnotherapy approach is professional and caring and I get excellent results with only one or two sessions. With my experience, training, and expertise, you can rest assured that our Coaching and Hypnotherapy will be able to help you be more confident, happier, and fruitful in your day to day life.
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