The sudden change and in many cases overnight shift from working in an office environment to staying at and working from home, may have had a major impact on our lives. Especially in some countries where the trend of working from home had not even started, many of us have been facing challenges in adjusting to and accepting this new norm.
How is it that some people seem to be in control during tough and difficult circumstances, while other seem to be lost and without hope ? It is the inner ability to be tough, face up to difficult odds and with it possess the flexibility to adjust and adapt oneself that gives a person the strength to cope with hardship and stress. Dealing with change is an inevitable part of our lives and the changes or adversities we may be facing these days is a part of the cycle.
We are living in a highly stressful and changing world. The current global crisis is having a major impact on our lives. The uncertainty of the future may make us stop and think – Is it a time for all of us to look inwards, to think about ourselves and our family, to rethink our lifestyles, to examine our priorities in life and really make decisions on what we need to do for the future?
We are all going through tough times with rising cost of living, job insecurity and other stresses on our lives. All these factors put a strain on our health and also our personal relationships at home. However, just because you are facing problems in life and maybe feeling down and out does not mean that you become a cynic and adopt a pessimist attitude towards life.
In today’s fast moving world, we are being constantly challenged by stressors, such as work pressures, financial burdens, health issues and family obligations. Very rarely do we get a break long enough to relax and relieve the stress.
Technology has also changed the way the way we interact with each other, how we compile information, and our life styles. Change has become a constant and these changes will take place at a faster rate causing a tremendous amount of stress just to keep abreast of what’s happening.
The stresses of the modern world and the demands of the workplace today are taking their toll on our lives. A very commonly used term these days without a proper understanding of what it means, the word BURNOUT is used to define a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion which may have an impact on us at some point of our lives, due to the extraordinary pressures and tension levels we are facing.
Who does not want to be successful ? I am sure you do. We all do so in the different walks of our life, be it our education, jobs, physical fitness, personal lives etc. Not only that, we also link it to our level of happiness. But when we really sit down to assess how to go about it; we tend to back off, as it all seems to involve a lot of work.
However, some latest Harvard research shows us a fun way to do it. The researcher and author of the best seller ‘The happiness advantage’ Shawn Achor demonstrates that success does not bring happiness – but rather the reverse – it is happiness that breeds success. His research focused on those who were out of the norm – the outliers. For example, why, when an entire sales force has low sales numbers there are a few with extraordinarily high numbers. Or, in a class where academic marks are below average, there are a couple of students with outstanding results.
In the corporate world of today with its pressures of constantly having to perform and deliver, we are all normally overworked and weighed down with the constant struggle of trying to stay on top of things. We tend to assign priorities to various tasks or things to be done trying our level best to deal with all pressures in an effective manner.
What does that result in ? We rarely have time for ourselves our personal relationships, social associations and the ability to involve ourselves and spend time with our kids. Taken together all this results in a perfect formula leading to feelings of overwhelm and unrest both at our workplace and in our lives, in general.