Is Stress an Excuse?

Do you know what the most common reason for today's absence from work is? Stress. "I'm not shocked," you might think. "Life is hectic!" It wasn't always like this, though. Back five years ago, stress, like any other mental health condition, was scarcely spoken.

Perhaps the amount of stress in our lives has risen over time. Perhaps it demonstrates how far we've gone as a culture in the fight against mental health stigma that we're no longer hesitant to tell our managers that our mental health isn't quite where it should be. Or, as some argue, stress is merely an overused meaningless term, a term that serves as a convenient excuse.

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Without a question, mental health has just recently received the attention it deserved years ago. People are only now beginning to recognize the importance of a person's mental health. Everyone nowadays wants to safeguard their mental health. However, to begin dealing with mental health properly, it is critical to have a thorough comprehension of the notion.

Stress is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "a state of mental or emotional tension coming from unfavourable or demanding circumstances," which pretty well wraps it up. It emphasizes that stress is subjective; we do not determine whether we are stressed or not based on the circumstances we have faced. Rather, we make decisions based on how it affects our behaviour, routines, emotions, and bodies.

We are all aware of actual workplace stress, where people are unhappy in their jobs, and we have all witnessed it. True depression is a terrible thing. Contrary to popular belief, stress is now so fashionable, and people are so aware of it thanks to stress counsellors and the stress industry, that people use it as an excuse to call in sick all the time. This, of course, undermines those who are truly depressed. " It's critical to safeguard your mental health and keep it at its best. It is sometimes invoked as an excuse for irrational behaviour. People are rarely aware, however, that "mental illness does not erase the repercussions of our acts." Problematic behaviour is not excused because of mental illness.

It's critical to recognize that, while maintaining good mental health can be challenging, our actions as a result of the belief (that you have troubles) can prolong detrimental behaviours. There is a distinction to be made between true difficulties like depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses and what occurs in our everyday lives. Daily life stressors, on the other hand, are a type of eustress that helps us become more productive. One of the worst types of self-care is ignoring duties and claiming mental problems as an excuse.

We must realise that being proactive about our mental health only entails planning for a potential mental health disaster (that you may or may not encounter).

Eventually, all of our everyday life situations contribute in some way to our mental health. Simply being aware of the factors that may have an impact on mental health (e.g., sleep hygiene, screen time regulation, social connectedness, gratitude practice, assertiveness, abstaining from addictive substances, etc.) and keeping other things out of this domain may be enough to solve this puzzle. When an individual's mental health is in good shape, the other areas of life (job, love, friendship, family, and connection) become more joyful and satisfying. All that is important is seeking professional assistance and remaining in good health.

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