“I was a little excited but mostly blorft. “Blorft” is an adjective I just made up that means ‘Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.’ I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.”
― Tina Fey
Are you among the many who are feeling overwhelmed by the expectation of work and home? Do you feel there is never enough time to complete all the things that are being asked of you? Do you feel like you are only able to do mediocre work? If you are you are not alone. More and more people are feeling like work expectations are growing ever higher. Employers are demanding more from their workers, more time, and more results without any new forms of compensation. Employers realize that they can squeeze more out of each person especially when there are so many people looking for work.
Fear drives the actions we take in many cases. Stress increases, frustration increases and life satisfaction decreases with each new thing that is being asked of us to take on. When will it all stop?
Where does stress show up at work?
The Wall Street Journal (March 5,2013) shows the following:
32% of women and 30% of men find that there isn’t sufficient opportunities for advancement.
33% of people are challenged to balance work and life.
31% of women and 27% of men don’t think employers have plans to help manage stress.
39% say that there is too much to do.
38% of women say they aren’t compensated well for their work.
Stress is rising. Stress is taking a toll on women at greater numbers than ever before. Some people quit their jobs rather than having stress create health issues. Some people move to places where there is less stress, jobs with less stress and perhaps lower pay.
Pay helps reduce stress to some degree, but if the work demands are too great the pay doesn’t compensate for the stress. Look at your life. What is working for you and what isn’t. What is the cost of stress in your life?
Understand what works for you. Know what you are good at. Know your purpose and live that out. You’ll find that happiness is worth a lot more than a big paycheck in the long run.
Take time to smell the flowers. Take time to look around and observe the beauty. Be kind to yourself and stress less.