Stress as a Self-Enhancing Process
The emotions, the division of attention and the excitement accompanying stress at the workplace make it harder to deal with our work appropriately. Stress reactions usually are seen as inappropriate or abnormal. They can interfere with the normal way of affairs and evoke disapproval, irritation and avoidance among colleagues. This can make it more difficult to keep our attention on our work. In addition, stress reactions do not tend to take away the stress causes. Lastly, we try to suppress these reactions as much as possible, which implies an additional attack on our available mental resources. All in all, stress reactions only make it more difficult to keep our attention on our work. Apparently, stress reactions are not only effects of stress, but can also be causes of stress: stress processes tend to enhance themselves.
All this does not make one happy. However, we should realise that here the most unrestrained forms of a stress process have been discussed. Then again, stress is not an incurable illness that has to run its course. Stress is a choice.