Stressful events typically do not
affect me profusely. One instance, however, was more of a hassle that I had to
deal with throughout the summer at work. Currently, I work at Maumee Bay State
Park in the housekeeping department. Over the summer, I would sometimes work in
the public space position; which includes cleaning any public areas that guests
could see or use in the hotel. Most of the time I would work first shift, while
a problematic employee worked second shift in the same position. Unfortunately,
this particular employee would usually work the night before me, which was a
major stressor because she would never do her job; and I had to work even
harder to ensure guest satisfaction. For example, sometimes this coworker would
leave messes instead of cleaning them up before she clocked out; bestowing the
stressful responsibility to me.
Psychological and physiological
responses definitely paid me a visit during the summer. Whenever I got
scheduled for public space, I never wanted to show up to work; when I used to
enjoy my days in public space. Dread and annoyance filled my body when I knew
that coworker worked the night before. These responses were mainly
psychological, not too much physiological. As for physiological, I just felt
exhaustion and stress because I had to work much harder to fix my coworker’s
mistakes. This annoyance does not seem it had many long-term effects on me. Actually,
I feel as though it made me into a more valuable employee, because it forced me
to work under highly stressful conditions during the busiest time of the year.
Various types of coping strategies
were not something that I necessarily did. My main “coping strategy” was just
doing my job and preserving. If I let that stress get to me too much, I would
not be scheduled for public space as much and my manager would find somebody
else to do it. Instead, I mentioned my concern to my manager, and she noticed
the same thing that I did. Matters were taken into her hands at that point and
there were not anymore issues since then. Though the time was rough, but at the
end of the shift it made me realize one critical thing: regardless of how
stressful and unfair it was, it made me into a faster and more confident
Ways to Handle Stress
Maintaining a healthy level of
stress is critical to human health. If humans were not able to adapt to stress,
then they would not be able to think clearly, function properly, and enjoy life
to its fullest. One of the first, and most important, steps of handling stress
is to identify the stressor. If this stressor cannot be identified, the
individual is literally incapable of adapting to it or removing it completely.
In order to do this, a personal journal can be taken around. Whenever the
feeling of stress becomes overbearing, that situation can be written down
within the journal; which helps narrow down what is causing the stress.
Secondly, unhealthy behaviors must be replaced with new healthy behaviors. For
example, smoking, procrastinating, unhealthy eating, and poor sleep habits can
be replaced with healthy eating, exercising, staying organized, and much more.
Making time for fun and relaxation is also essential. Daily stress from life is
inevitable, but creating time to perform leisure activities reduces the
feelings of stress; and allows an individual’s life to be more enjoyable, thus
giving him or her a greater opportunity of reducing the overall amount of
stress in their life. (Stress Management, 2017).