Stress Reduction Works For Business, It Will Work Better For YOU

by Houston Vetter - DocResults on July 14,

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“If we knew nothing about a store except that employee attitudes had improved 5%, we could predict that its revenue would rise 0.5% above what it otherwise would have been.”

  •  A 5% increase in employee attitude …drives… 1.3% increase in customer satisfaction, and a 0.5% increase in store revenues.
  •  A 4% increase in employee satisfaction … was linked to… $200 million increase in revenues.

— Sears executives, Harvard Business Review, January, 1998

According to Wikipedia.org: Stress is a prevalent and costly problem in today’s workplace. About one-third of workers report high levels of stress. One-quarter of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. Three-quarters of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. Evidence also suggests that stress is the major cause of turnover in organizations.

Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than are any other life stressor-more so than even financial problems or family problems. Many studies suggest that psychologically demanding jobs that allow employees little control over the work process increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. On the basis of research by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and many other organizations, it is widely believed that job stress increases the risk for development of back and upper-extremity musculoskeletal disorders.High levels of stress are associated with substantial increases in health service utilization. Workers who report experiencing stress at work also show excessive health care utilization. In a 1998 study of 46,000 workers, health care costs were nearly 50% greater for workers reporting high levels of stress in comparison to “low risk” workers. The increment rose to nearly 150%, an increase of more than $1,700 per person annually, for workers reporting high levels of both stress and depression. Additionally, periods of disability due to job stress tend to be much longer than disability periods for other occupational injuries and illnesses.

Physiological reactions to stress can have consequences for health over time. Researchers have been studying how stress affects the cardiovascular system, as well as how work stress can lead to hypertension and coronary artery disease. These diseases, along with other stress-induced illnesses tend to be quite common in American work-places.

In fact these symptoms spill over into no work related issues, such as…

  • Anxious
  • Worried
  • Depressed
  • Exhausted
  • I get upset easily
  • Difficult to calm down after being upset
  • Annoyed
  • Angry
  • My sleep is inadequate
  • Body aches
  • Indigestion,
  •  Heartburn,
  • Stomach upset
  • Rapid heartbeats
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Conflict between work and personal priorities

These are just a few of the areas that the pressure of stress can be found at as the root cause. OK, I’m sure I don’t have to write anymore to convince you, the reader that stress is a big problem for most everyone. So let me ask you,

“What is the opposite of stress?”

From an energy point of view stress is the cause of the slowing down, restriction or blockage of the energy flow. It is exerting pressure in a direction that does not allow or restricts the energy to move. So from an energy standpoint ‘ease’ would be the opposite of stress; stress and stoppage or ease and flow. Stress is an indicator of imbalance. Ease is an indicator of balance.

The fastest, easiest and most effective stress management on the planet is being able to move in and out of stress at will. Then stress will contribute to the speed, ease and flow of the energy. And the energy can be any form of idea, project or program one is attempting to implement. One of the biggest things to being able to manage, reduce or eliminate stress from your life is awareness of the biological responses that signal the onset of stress. In other words when we pay attention to how we feel instead of ignoring it we can easily and effortless move from stress to ease and flow quickly.

That is one of the major gifts you get from taking the HeartSpace™ training. You begin to be aware of the subtle energy called emotions long before they become a problem for you.

To Your Best,

Houston

Dr. Vetter – DocResults

P.S. If you haven’t gotten your copy of HeartSpace™ you can check out the Introduction video™ on YouTube.

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