Friday, February 23, 2018

Change Equals Stress

stressbook250Change equals stress:  Positive attitude, reality checks can help you shoulder burdens.

By Sue MacDonald - Cincinnati Enquirer



In case you have not noticed...the world is changing.  George Manning has been noticing for years now, and the Northern Kentucky Uni­versity psychology professor sees it everywhere he goes.

Change happens, and change causes stress. People are stressed at work and home. Some can't get along with co-workers or their own kids. Almost everyone's being asked to do more with less.

Everyone has specific things that set them off ­newfangled computers, tech­nology that changes by the minute, company mergers and buyouts, language barri­ers in an increasingly cos­mopolitan world and work force, even kids' soccer prac­tices that start before work is supposed to end.

"Generally, the biggest cause of stress in the work­place is change, and attitude is the key to coping with stress,' says Dr. Manning, author of Stress: Living and Working in a Changing World.

Resisting change, he says, sets up a cycle of anxiety, apa­thy and constant frustration, because nothing ever seems to go right or the way someone expected.

"If you're dealing with change, you want to be in a state of openness, exploration, responsibility and commit­ment," he says.

Voice of experience

Certainly, job responsibili­ties have changed for Dr. Manning since he joined the NKU faculty in 1970. At the time, he was the fledgling college's first and only business professor. Later, he became administrator of the business department and now teaches psychology.

In addition to classroom duties, he conducts numerous training sessions in the Tris­tate and around the United States to help employees and businesses cope positively with stress and change. "I think there's an art in dealing with stress, and it comes with practice," he says.  Some stress is necessary and good, he points out.  Stress can inspire people to flee from things that are harmful and it can inspire creativity, hard work, dedication and self-fulfillment.

'Without stress, you would­n't even be alive," he says. "But there's a difference between good stress and dis­tress."

"Stress also plays out physically, and people under high stress are more likely to have allergies, migraines, backpain, depression, sleep problems and other health complaints."