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I am often asked, “What is the difference between stress and anxiety?” Symptoms can look very similar between the two, but there are several distinctions. Stress is a common experience that occurs when the tasks at hand are perceived to be more than we can handle. Anxiety is more intense and occurs when stress is not acknowledged or appropriately managed.
In the old days, when so many people stayed in the same community for most of their adult lives, it felt like relationships pretty much took care of themselves.
Today, following the disruption of so many social norms and the discrediting of our grand institutions, self-reliance has become the mantra of the day.
When you worry about the quality of your work, your personal interactions with coworkers, or your most recent presentation or report, you can become caught focusing on the negatives. Worry puts you in the mindset of seeking to identify problems, it makes decision-making more difficult, and it can make you feel overwhelmed.
The latest edition of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, lists burnout as a “factor influencing health status” in the section entitled “problems association with employment or unemployment.” They define burnout as a syndrome that includes energy depletion or exhaustion, a sense of mental distance from one’s work, and a feeling of ineffectiveness or lack of accomplishment. Along with defining the problem, this definition can also offer useful guidance on how to begin healing from burnout as well.
Work takes up a large chunk of our lives. If you're miserable at work because you're overburdened, disrespected, or clash with co-workers, that can take a huge toll. Here are some tips for feeling happier at work.
“Find your passion.” “Do what you love.” “Follow your heart.” We hear this advice from super-successful people in interviews and graduation speeches. And even though it sounds very simple, it isn’t. We live in a world with limitless choices for what to do, where to go, and who to become—limitless choices for vocations that could be your passion.
It can be discouraging to keep going when your dreams are crashing around you. The power of dreams, though, is that they can extend beyond wishes of self-improvement—their goal should be to contribute to the world around you.
The future may seem scary sometimes, leaving many of us dazed and confused. Especially if you’re not sure where you’re going, are living by someone else’s standards, or are a perfectionist.