A fine colleague of mine just resigned from several boards ... and cut back on work hours. His doctor warned that stress has spiked his blood pressure to life threatening levels. Have you seen it happen?
Long boring meetings … dysfunctional supervisors … demanding workloads … poor pay … workplace bullies ... too few staff … or workplace politics. Some people keep their cool as if candid cameras followed them around the workplace … while mental pressure cookers steam inside for others. What determines your panicked or peaceful reactions?
Or, why do you counter problems with wit and wisdom one day, but respond with fire and brimstone the next?
Interestingly … your brain’s fueled by chemicals that influence how you cope with … conquer … or cave in under workplace stress. How so?
Dopamine fuels enthusiasm and determines how you react to success or failure.
Serotonin acts like a jolt of adrenalin to regulate sleep, moods and appetite.
Cortisol can work against relationships, calm, courage and well-being in general.
New imaging techniques show how people can control brain chemicals far more than most people realize. Still some opt for stress that literally shrinks the brain and shuts down thought.
So how do you keep your cool under pressure?