I recently returned to my office after working from home with a five-week hiatus after some surgery. While I worked from home my stress level was very low. I did the work that I could do from home and put the rest aside for later. Essentially, I threw my stress away by accepting the fact that I could only do what I could do, and the rest would have to wait. This was a good lesson for me in realizing that we can manage our stress.

So, what is stress, and is stress good or bad for us?

Stress is our body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by either good or bad experiences. When we feel stressed by something going on around us, our bodies react by releasing chemicals into the bloodstream. These chemicals give us more energy and strength, which can be a good thing when we require the extra energy to face an abnormal physical or mental demand. This kind of stress is called good stress, or “eustress.” However, if the stress is in response to something emotional, there often is no outlet for this extra energy and strength. Therefore, we would consider unused stress-related energy or strength “bad stress.”

Let’s consider for a moment where this energy or strength might be released. Have we ever yelled at our spouse or kids when under stress? Worse yet, have we released that stress at work and been embarrassed by our outburst? What about when we keep that stress inside? Do we feel tired, sick, bored, or fail to concentrate or think clearly? In 2015, Forbes magazine reported that workplace stress is responsible for up to $190B in annual U.S. Healthcare costs[1].

Stress can literally make us sick!

The reality is we are never going to find a way to eliminate workplace or home stress. What we can find is a place or way to deal with the stress. To find the solution, I reached into my Dale Carnegie toolbox from his book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. In my case, I kept my worry and stress in perspective. What was more important, being in the office everyday, or staying home to heal? Changing my perspective allowed me to eliminate my stress and heal, while staying current with the demands of my employer. You too can benefit by keeping your stress in perspective and being calm when you identify the right solution for you.

  • [1] Blanding, Michael, Forbes, Jan. 26, 2015, Workplace Stress Responsible For Up to $190B in Annual U.S. Healthcare Costs

Posted by Mary Kuniski

Mary Kuniski is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 35 years of success across the retail, finance, non-profit, and manufacturing industries. She has leveraged her extensive experience in change management, executive coaching, and project management to develop capable and productive leaders. She is a valuable asset for organizations in the process of training employees on operational improvements and leadership skills. Her broad areas of expertise include vendor management, project management, change management, event planning, financial analysis, relationship building, problem-solving and Oracle ERP solution implementations. Mary’s professional​ career has been defined by her ability to obtain increasing positions of seniority and deliver results to diverse clients and companies. She has held leadership positions for organizations including Michaels, Overhead Door Corporation, and Parkinson Voice Project. She currently works as an Independent Consultant and Executive Coach for Golden Professional Coaching, LLC, where she dedicates herself to coaching high-potential executives, executives in transition, and mid-level executives seeking to improve their skills. She also works with small to medium size companies to develop long-term business plans and identify and overcome complex challenges. During her tenure with Michaels, she drove the company’s expansion into Quebec and led the conversion of over 60,000 packages to appear in three languages while successfully adhering to French-language laws. Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Business Administration in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. She received her Certification in Training from Dale Carnegie Training and became a Certified Executive Coach through Marshall Goldsmith. She is affiliated with the National Association of Female Executives and the Network of Executive Women. While working for Michaels, Mary initiated a Woman in Leadership group that grew to over 200 members and maintained a 30% promotion rate for regular attendees.

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    1. Well now, it seem’s that your information on Duncan Hunter is much about B.S. It’s been two years since you published this information on your blog. 2009 is upon us and Duncan has another term to full fill. Dream-on, maybe the Geeimanrde’s will come get him yet.Zap

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