So wheres the line between acute stress that works in your favor and chronic stress that makes you feel like retreating to the couch for the next three weeks? Good question, tough answer. It varies for everyone, but certainly some patterns emerge. Chronic stress typically develops because your job includes one (or more) of these factors:
1. boring and repetitive tasks
2. low level of control in your job
3, annoying coworkers (and lack of a buddy or friends as coworkers)
4. low level of job security (being made redundant, in HR terminology)
5. working the night shift or rotating shifts
6. being exposed to loud noise
Having a job with one of those characteristics makes you susceptible to the negative effects of stress and not feel beautiful; being exposed to all makes you a walking volcano. The tactics well outline at the end of the chapter can help you manage these nagging things, but, perhaps more important, theyll help you look at the bigger picturewhether youre even at the right place at the right time in your career.
This material came to you from YOU: Being Beautiful, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.