Crest Ink - Volume 29 - Number 04

Workplace Stress by TJ Schoonover, M.S.Ed., LPC, NCC

Does your stomach ever hurt before you come into work? Do you ever get headaches while at work? Do you have a hard time separating your work life between your personal life? Do you ever find yourself getting overwhelmed at work and don’t know what to do? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might have too much work place stress. We all get stressed at the work. It’s what we do about the stress that matters. Workplace stress is something that most people deal with on a daily basis. Recently workplace stress has become the leading cause of stress for American workers. People can get workplace stress from issues with their co-workers, job security, workload, and juggling work/personal life. These stressors can lead to mental health exhaustion, which can lead to depression and anxiety. In addition to this, having these workplace stressors can lead to getting physical symptoms like stomach aches, headaches, weight fluctuation, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. One study showed that employees who have a job that has a high demand, but the employee has no control at their job, has an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Nearly 80% of workers report that they feel stress on the job, and half of them report that they need help managing their work related stress (American Institute of Stress). What can we do to manage our work related stress? Here are a few tips from the American Psychological Associa- tion to manage the stress: • Make the most of the workday breaks. Even if it is a short break, you should take advantage of this time to do something not work related that helps you relax. • If you find yourself getting angry, walk away from the situation. Try counting to 10 and calming down, and then return to the situation. • Set reasonable standards for yourself and for others. There are many other tools that you can utilize to help you manage your workplace stress. Counseling is one way to help you manage those stressors. If you feel like the stress related to work is too high for you, feel free to contact me. I would be happy to work with you to identify new ways for you to manage your stress.

Steve Starke & Powered Paragliding For most of us, the thought of being over 1000 feet in the air, strapped to a motor and parachute type of wings, might seem a little extreme, or even out of the realm of possibility. For Steve Starke, Technical Service Rep from Kentucky, the sport called Powered Paragliding (PPG), is IN his realm of possibility and something he does as often as possible. Steve said “ I started doing this 3 years ago. I’ve always had a love for aviation and with it being so expensive to do, I found this (PPG) to be the poor man’s way of flying. It’s not cheap but much much cheaper than a plane.” The motor on his PPG is a 200 cc 2 stroke motor that puts out about 160 pounds of thrust. “It feels like you’re in a corvette when you hit the gas” said Starke. The unit weighs about 46 pounds with no gas. Steve is able to fly about 3 hours on a tank of gas. “I did my longest flight this past Saturday (September 9th) of 2 and a half hours and went about 60 miles. The wing is very maneuverable. You can turn on a

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