Prevention and Management
Research shows that personality plays an
important role in determining a person's
susceptibility to stress. Personality types
are largely determined by our surrounding
culture as society rewards and reinforces
certain behaviour patterns.
following behaviours are related to "high
- An intense drive
to advance and beat the competition.
- An adversarial,
or confrontational manner in relationships.
- Quick pace in
walking, eating, speaking, and gesturing.
- Constant physical
and mental alertness.
- Inability to
- Dislike for waiting.
What you can do:
for balance - rest/work, public/private.
thinking to accentuate the positive. Avoid
harsh criticism of yourself and others.
time to enjoy the little things in life.
the load - no-one is an island.
your sense of humour.
others - self absorption is dangerous.
home at home and work at work - use the commute
to unwind, relax, and refocus.
at keeping the lines of communication open
in the workplace and at home - talk with
These recommendations may take some effort.
But there are many tools and resources available
to help you. Small steps can make a significant
impact over a lifetime.
Living and Working in a Changing World -
Edited by George Manning, Kent Curtis, and
Steve McMillen. Whole Person Associates,
with Stress at Work