Issue No. 75 | January 6, 2016

Don't Let Pre-traumatic Stress Get Your Year Off to a Bad Start

A whopping 73% of employees surveyed by MetLife reported that they are expecting to be stressed out when they return to work this week. Adjusting from their time off, trying to get caught up with work missed during their holiday, and addressing financial problems caused by Christmas spending constitute the three biggest issues identified in the survey.

Interestingly, people often get themselves into a frenzy expecting their world to be stressful before they even discover whether it is. Pretraumatic stress or anticipatory anxiety as this phenomenon is known, does not usually help us address the stress situation since it tends to get us off balance before we even can find our balance. In addition, it is counter to the ideas of resilience which wants us to focus on realistic solutions to upcoming challenges rather than catastrophizing and creating worst case scenarios.

You may still find yourself wishing folks a "Happy, Healthy, and Successful New Year" for the next several weeks as I will. Make sure that you are applying that meme to yourself so that you keep your focus on how you are going to make the year a good one, from day one.

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