Wellness Pathway #174: Stroking For Success

In her recent Wellness Pathway, Kate Kriynovich wrote about the importance of “friend time” to lowering stress. She highlighted the gender-based research on stress, suggesting that men are more likely to respond to stress through the “Fight or Flight” reaction while women are more likely to respond with “Tend and Befriend” strategies. This difference reflects a combination of biological, sociological, political, and many other factors.

Given the documented negative impact of stress on health and wellness, let alone on productivity and satisfaction in the workplace, it behooves us to find and practice strategies that work. Not surprisingly, and regardless of gender, new research reported in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine indicates that workers who feel supported by their supervisors have lower blood pressure during work hours than others, particularly during periods of stress. If you’re in a managerial position, going out of your way to express caring and concern will help everyone to handle the pressure better both individually and as a team. Command and control, without caring and concern, will raise blood pressure, diminish health, and undermine organizational effectiveness. Contact LifeTrek Coaching, if this represents your growing edge and concern.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you feel supported at work? Have you set healthy boundaries? Are there changes you might you want to make? 

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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