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Job Stress Is Harmful Because You Make It That Way

Stressed at work? Take a closer look at your thinking. (FS Stock/Shutterstock)

BETTER LIFE

We often think our job situation causes our stress, but it’s usually our thoughts about our job situation that are to blame

BY JEFF GARTON

August 1, 2019 Updated: August 1, 2019

A recent study by Korn Ferry found that job stress is on the rise. This is partly the result of people being misinformed about stress and its prevention.

Google the term “job stress” and you’ll see that it’s defined as an emotional reaction to the misery caused by your difficult circumstances. But don’t be fooled by this misleading definition that is missing a crucial bit of reality.… READ MORE...

Look at how to let go of stress, whenever we notice it.

What You’re Struggling With

Why do we get stressed out, or feel anxious and overwhelmed?

Often it is because we want the world to be calm and comfortable—and it isn’t cooperating. Things are out of control, complicated, and rarely go as we imagined.

But this is the way of the world. Stress comes, not because the world is messy and chaotic, but because we desire it to be different than it is.

We have ideals for how other people should be, how we should be, how everything around us should be. These ideals aren’t a problem—the problem is that we are attached to them.… READ MORE...