Various factors have the potential to cause stress in life … and business.
If you take a look around you will see that some people have learned to manage and control their stress levels much better than others. Even though there isn’t a “secret” to managing stress, the answer lies in learning to balance a combination of little things and your physiology.
Why Stress is Bad for Business
High levels of stress can lead to various medical conditions, negatively impact your daily routine and impair your ability learn and recall. The hormones which the brain releases in stressful situations are meant for fight or flight situations only – over use of these can actually be detrimental to the health of your brain and body.
Owning a small business is inevitably filled with challenges, obstacles and opportunities that have the potential to cause stress. Knowing how this impacts you physically is the first step to learning how to manage and control your reactions in an empowering way.
How Do You Handle Challenges
Your body language is a powerful indication of your ability to handle stress and problems. When your body encounters a stressful situation, hormones are automatically released into your adrenal glands to counterbalance the cortisol in your brain.
Equilibrium is established when these stimulating and tranquilizing forces become equal. When one is greater than the other, you will experience a sense of imbalance, commonly referred to as stress.
In fact, your body goes to great lengths to prevent you from experiencing imbalance or stress. Your sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system essentially battle each other to bring your body back to equilibrium. This fight or flight response to stress also necessitates the shutting down of many of the other key systems in the body – which makes it much more difficult to reason, react and communicate while in this agitated state.