Most people are familiar to the term "stress" and chances are you have filled out one of our stress questionairres. Not as many people are familiar with the term "resilience" as in resiliency to stress. The American Psychological Association defines resilience as: "the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress -- such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences."
As you glance over the topics below (as taken from our Wellness Center Stress Survey) contemplate your answers. We have provided various links to online resources and tools which can hopefully help you find answers to your own questions about resilience and stress.
During the past month:
1. I laughed daily.
Laughter is one of the best ways to release stress,
and stay in balance. Finding laugher in the day is an excellent stress buster!
2. I had enough time and energy for my family.
What could be more important than your family? It is important for you and them to have time to spend together.
3. I did not feel too much pressure in my daily life.
Feeling there is too much pressure in your life day in and day out will take a toll on your emotions and your health. You basically are living your life like someone has a gun to your head. Make a change now.
4. I concentrated without problems.
Poor concentration and memory are not only symptoms of stress but they can also lead to other problems as well.
5. I fell asleep easily at night
Insomnia is a side effect of stress, Your mind is
racing because it is conditioned to be working 24/7. Itís time to learn how to
relax, set your boundaries, and keep your life in balance.
6. I let others know how I was feeling.
Sharing your feelings and not keeping things bottled up is important for controlling stress.
7. It was hard for me to get irritated and angry
Becoming impatient and irritable quickly is a big sign that you are feeling a large amount of stress. When you are under stress, you react more rapidly than if you were relaxed. Take note of this, and observe how you react the next time you are faced with an unexpected setback or change.
8. I did not take work home, go back to work at night, or work on the weekends.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull and stressed out boy. You may have to face the reality that either your job is too demanding for one person or your not managing your time wisely.
9. I could say ďnoĒ without feeling guilty
If you can say no and be okay with that; you are doing much better than most. By saying no, and not feeling guilty, you are setting your boundaries. You are also eliminating added stress. Kudos for you!
10. I got along well with my co-workers.
Bad interpersonal relationships with co-workers can take their toll. Try to work things out with the person or team--get help from others if needed.
11. When I woke up, I felt refreshed and rested.
Sleep needs to be restful in order for it to be healthful. Restless sleep can be a sign of more serious problems.
12. Iíve felt free of illness, physical disorder, or fears about my health.
Getting sick frequently, having nagging aches and pains or other disturbing health issues can be a pretty strong symptom that you are breaking down. Either you slow down or your body will do it for you.
13. Iíve felt fresh, energetic, and active.
Feeling like you've been beaten up everyday is a pretty clear by-product of over-working your mind, emotions and body. You need to be a little nicer to yourself.
BP Employees should definitely check out the BP Care website or call 1 (800) 409-3687
A great website for all issues around stress and resilience is Stress Management
The Navy and Marine Corp Public Health Center - a surprisingly good site for free online resilience, stress and health information. We salute!