Career Development: Are You Addicted to Stress?
We all know that stress is bad for us both physically (increasing our risk for disease), and mentally (that overwhelming feeling). But in spite of our knowledge, did you know that we can actually become addicted to stress?
Who is at risk?
Type A personalities – those who operate at a maximum speed and aspire to achieve large goals. (Learn more.)
Type D personalities – those who struggle with negativity, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, and loneliness. (Learn more.)
So, how do you know if you’re addicted to stress?
Research tells us that moderate amounts of stress are fine, even desirable, because it boosts our focus and energy. So don’t automatically label yourself. If you are effectively managing your life and thriving under stress, it does not qualify as an addiction. The problem is when we wake up an internal craving for it, just as an alcoholic or drug addict would crave a high. If your life feels out-of-control, and in spite of your best efforts, you are not getting things done, you may be addicted to stress.
Whether you’re addicted or carrying a healthy load of stress, don’t forget to balance your days with stress reducing activities.
And enjoy a happier, more productive lifestyle.
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