Stress is a naturally occurring reaction of your body to psychological or physical demands of the environment. Stress reaction increases blood pressure, heart rate and respiration as well as other changes to major body systems. These reactions prepare the body for “fight or flight ” from physically dangerous or psychologically threatening situations. Stress reaction can be positive or negative. • Positive stress reaction leads to increased performance, feelings of success and confidence and allows the body to return to the normal, nonstress state. • Negative stress or mismanaged stress, keeps the physical reaction of the body turned on and does not let the body completely recover to the non-stress state 1. What causes stress reaction in the workplace? 2 • Task demands – having to repeatedly learn new processes, meeting unrealistic deadlines
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