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Your body is hard-wired to react to extreme situation in ways that helps you to escape or fight threats from predators and other aggressors. Organism mobilizes all its resources for a fight or flight.
When stress occurs in modern life often there is no possibility of fight or flight. And under neoliberalism then each is his/her own, and workforce is artificially atomized, t life is full of stress. Just lack of job security is a huge factor in creating the chronic stress.
Also facing conflicting demands each day, shouldering a huge workload, making ends meet and taking care of your family creates additional level of stress.
Your body treats these factors as threats and reacts accordingly. It inject hormones that increase your heart rate, blood pressure to give you additional chances to fight the threat.
For "natural threats" the body reaction to stress is usually short term and limited in time. Once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. Both adrenaline and cortisone levels drop, your heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and other systems resume their regular activities. With "social stress" duration is longer. The next result for your body is the same as if you're constantly under assault. That's wear the body down and shortens your life.
when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on. It also increase probability of obesity (overeating is often a reaction to high level of stress), sleep disorders, heart disease, diabetes and other serious chronic diseases (see the list at mayoclinic.org ), especially for people over 50.
People vary greatly in their tolerance to stress. The level of "stress tolerance" depends on your genetics. Some are very "stress-resistant". For example many politicians live over 80, despite spending large part of their lives in highly stressful environment.
When you encounter a perceived threat — a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, for instance — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.
Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain's use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.
Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear.
They do not always exist. for example under neoliberalism just belonging to lower class and lower middle class automatically puts you in highly stressful environment because of the lack of job security and artificial exaggeration and exaltation of competitiveness (job reviews and such). Making your employment highly conditional and durition of it unpredictable is the goal of neoliberalism. It wants to destroy all permanemt employment and make everybody into contractors. In other words it wants to convert everybody in lower and middle class into Uber drivers. According to Naomi Klein perspective (see her book "Shock Doctrine") it destabilizes social environment intentionally in order to secure market outcome for any activity ("neoliberalism"=market fundamentalism). This true both on a given society level and in relations between nations. Being weak, poor or unemployed is a sin under neoliberalism (they view you as Undermensch) and they must suffer is the slogan:
Typically "stress management" recommendations include but are not limited to:
"Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that "the market" delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning.
Attempts to limit competition are treated as inimical to liberty. Tax and regulation should be minimised, public services should be privatised. The organisation of labour and collective bargaining by trade unions are portrayed as market distortions that impede the formation of a natural hierarchy of winners and losers. Inequality is recast as virtuous: a reward for utility and a generator of wealth, which trickles down to enrich everyone. Efforts to create a more equal society are both counterproductive and morally corrosive. The market ensures that everyone gets what they deserve."
Consider using the following two-step approach to managing workplace stress:
Even minor things can have a positive effect:
If your stress additionally increases due to job insecurity, take stock of yourself. Update your resume, and remind yourself of your skills and strengths. Also, make sure you keep up with new developments in your field. This will make you valuable on the marketplace.
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