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Stress

We have all heard about stress and most, if not all of us, have suffered varying degrees of stress at some time in our lives.

However, how many people are truly aware of the severe, debilitating effects that stress may cause both to individuals and also to the overall resilience of any team or organisation facing a crisis.

Stress is “an automatic biological response, our body has in order to increase our chance of survival” and is often triggered when we face: a possible threat, something new or, something unexpected.

We all, to varying degrees (on an individual basis) become used to a level of stress in our lives – examples may be bad traffic on the way to work, a work deadline to meet, tensions at home – there are innumerable examples. Very often, these “basic” levels of stress can, by means of a biological reaction in our bodies, spur us on to either, greater efforts or, levels of achievement and, over a period of time, the actual feelings of stress generated by such events can decrease. What is important to realize, however, is that stress can be “cumulative” – very similar to stretching a rubber band – a little bit of stretch and all is fine – but slowly keep on stretching that rubber band and we can reach a serious stage where there is a very fine line between either, being under incredible stress for long periods of time or, snapping. Read the rest of this entry »

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