A THOUSAND SHADES OF STRESS

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What is your biggest workday challenge right now? Suffering through micromanagement? Working through anxiety or depression? Suffering through an infantalizing workplace that keeps you from growing? Finding the energy and motivation to survive at a job that feels a million miles away from your true passions?

 

There are a thousand different causes of professional stress and a seemingly infinite number of ways in which that stress can manifest itself. Some of us tremble at the hands of abusive coworkers or clients while others among us are just too bored to feel much of anything. Some of us are overwhelmed by the competitive nature of our workplace while others lose a grasp on optimism because of a humorless or judgmental workplace.

 

And how does the professional stress show up for us? It exists as headaches for some people, anger issues for others, and a general dulling of the senses for still others among us. Some of us might get loud and belligerent while others might stop expressing a personal voice. Some of us might take our stress out on family members while others only take it out on ourselves, and some of us might throw ourselves into substance abuse while others flatline and stop engaging in any pleasurable activities at all. 

 

There are so many different causes and side-effects of professional stress that it would be impossible to discuss them all, but The Lovely Grind will attempt to touch on a large number of them by focusing on a different variety of workplace challenge/professional stress each month. And each and every month The Lovely Grind Newsletter will give readers brand new messages of spiritual inspiration that are related to that month's professional theme. SO SIGN UP HERE TO RECEIVE THE FREE 30-DAY DEVOTIONAL AND THE FREE NEWSLETTER. LOVELY GRIND SUBSCRIBERS WILL ENJOY A VARIETY OF SPIRITUALLY INSPIRING MESSAGES ALONG WITH SOME AWESOME BETTER-LIVING IDEAS, SO SIGN UP NOW. You'll actually enjoy checking your e-mail at work. Imagine that. 

 

So what will The Lovely Grind's monthly themes be? They will be topics that are taken from a list of more than 50 workday stressors and challenges that are discussed in the spiritual messages (i.e. devotional writings) of author Michael Priebe, as well as general themes for balanced-living such as JOY, INSPIRATION, PERSEVERANCE, ETC.

Here is the full list of stressors and challenges that are discussed in The Lovely Grind's messages:

ABANDONED DREAMS

ANGER

ANXIETY

BOREDOM

CAREER CHANGE QUESTIONS

CHANGES IN THE WORKPLACE

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

COMPETITIVE WORKPLACE

CYNICISM

DEATH (persistent worry about)

DEMANDING WORKPLACE

DEPRESSION

DISINGENUOUS WORKPLACE

DISPASSIONATE WORKPLACE

DOMINEERING WORKPLACE

DOWNSIZING AND LAYOFFS

EMOTIONAL NUMBNESS

EXISTENTIAL WORRIES

FAITH (maintaining at all times)

FATIGUE

FLEXIBLE LIVING (getting better at)

GOSSIP IN  THE WORKPLACE

HECTIC PACE OF LIVING

HOPELESSNESS

HUMORLESS WORKPLACE

IMPERSONAL WORKPLACE

INFANTILIZING WORKPLACE

INSOMNIA

INTERPERSONAL ISSUES

(such as coworker problems)

ISOLATION

JUDGMENTAL WORKPLACE

LEGALISTIC WORKPLACE

LIFE/WORK BALANCE

LOSS OF IDENTITY OR INDIVIDUALITY

MAKING DECISIONS THAT INVOLVE PEOPLE

MEETINGS

MICROMANAGEMENT

MONDAY MORNINGS

MONOTONY

MOTIVATION ISSUES

NEW EXPERIENCES (lack of)

PERSISTENCE (remembering the importance of)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

PERSONAL FINANCE WORRIES

POLITICS AND POWER STRUGGLES

PRESENT-MOMENT LIVING (getting better at)

PROFESSIONAL AMBITION ISSUES

PROFESSIONAL DISAPPOINTMENT

REST AND RENEWAL (making time for)

RESTLESSNESS AND STRIVING

SCHEDULING AND PLANNING ISSUES

SELF-CONFIDENCE/SELF-ESTEEM ISSUES

SICKNESS (working through)

THANKLESS WORKPLACE

THREATENING WORKPLACE (and workplace intimidation)

UNHEALTHY LIVING

UNINSPIRING WORKPLACE

WORKLOAD ISSUES

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