Right now, we are feeling it. Yoga is mainstream. Ditto for meditation.
Adult colouring books sell in the millions. We draw to forget. We look at a screen before we look at a cloud. We check our phones 221 times a day and wonder why the battery doesn’t last. Generation AO (Always On).
Our popularity gets measured in ‘likes’. More followers. Lower self-esteem. We can’t watch a film without dual-screening. Triple-screening. FOMO. But ‘YOLO’.
Email. Email. Email. Zero inbox. Zero chance. Oh boy. We are more connected. But less present. Time is a luxury. Ditto for privacy. We have apps to help us sleep. But phones that make us wired. Our brain patterns mirror addiction. And Dopamine is the drug of choice.
We can’t leave work.
The gym is in the basement.
The canteen is on the 2nd floor.
And the bar is on the roof.
We have personalised yoga mats. But sit scrunched over computers for 8 hours straight. We work on holidays. We work at home. We work on weekends. Overtime is the norm. But we are tired of being tired. The treadmill is on max. And we can’t keep up.
Can work, work better?
The truth is, stress serves us in a lot of ways.
It’s that extra jolt that helps us meet deadlines, stop hitting snooze, and push through that 3pm post-coffee-break slump. It’s what keeps us moving. Doing.
The problem is that there’s a line. A place where it’s no longer energising, but all-consuming.
That’s when stress becomes that big ugly beast.
But let’s step back for just a moment. When it’s managed correctly, stress leaves our bodies a bit stronger and healthier than they were prior to stressful experiences. And it actually protects our cardiovascular systems. It lets us know that something we care about is at stake, and it pushes us to be social.
It can even increase mental stamina, with heightened awareness, new perspectives, a sense of mastery, strengthened priorities, deeper relationships, a greater appreciation of life, and a sense of meaning. Really. It’s just the bit we’re not often told.
The point is that small doses of stress are good, but too much becomes bad. But one of the biggest factors of all is how we view it.
Our perspective plays a much bigger part than originally thought.
Over the next 8 weeks we’re going to share with you 21 articles all about stress. How to make it work for you and your business.
The next article will be published on Friday the 22nd of July, where we’ll share the data that we collected on stress. We’ll see you there.
The Do Lectures is holding a one-day event called ‘Do Stress’. It will deliver insights, future strategies, and will examine the zeitgiest for ‘human based companies’ and how ‘work’ is going to change. And what that means for your business?
There will be 10 talks from entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, change-makers and visionaries. As Dan Pink reminds us all: “Talented people need organisations less than organisations need talented people”.
That is why smart companies are creating human cultures, not corporate ones in order to thrive. How you stay ahead in the future is not the same as what kept you ahead in the past.
It answers the question of who leads the way in look after their people, what are they doing, why is it working? How does culture help your business? How does your purpose? How does the design of your office? Even, how you sit at a computer?
How does a human culture prevent burn out? How does it help you win the talent war? And how, just as importantly, does it help you retain your people too. What perks are the most important?
The good news is companies who look after their people are also the best businesses over the long term. Human based companies are the future. So how do you become one? Our one day event is designed to give you the answers.
The One Day Event — Do Stress
For more information, or to register your interest, head over to our website.
If you haven’t already, check out ‘The Stress Report’, 134 pages. A modern blueprint for a better way of working and living. £12. Out now.
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