Those that live by the pressure-motto are leading high pressure lives they could certainly do without. While there is something to be said for the pressure that gets projects done at the eleventh hour, following the philosophy over a longer period of time is bound to backfire, sooner than later.
Our lives, especially those in urban cities, are run by a certain sense of urgency. The haste is evident is every sphere of our life, and the momentum generated can sometimes be overwhelming on many multi-task-oriented individuals. In such a fast-paced life, there are bound to be major breakdowns. So, it all boils down to the one thing we think we work well under – stress.
Many believe that unless there be a little bit of fire in the work that we pursue, or the studies we aspire for, we will never get going towards achieving them. While feeling the need to accomplish and achieve set goals is commendable, much depends on the process as it does on the outcome.
It is necessary to understand what dealing with stress on a day-to-day basis entails. Not only does it help get some projects done on time, but it is also responsible for many of the projects needing to be redone. While the pursuit of perfection is considered eccentric, striving towards excellence as opposed to just going through the motions is a much more desired result.
Besides the obvious fact, that stress affects the achievement of goals, the process is seriously strained as well. Students who experience high levels of stress also find themselves trapped in a prison where they feel inadequate in retaining the information they have mastered. They may even complain of black-out and experience anxiety to the point of a nervous breakdown.
Students who believe burning the candle at both ends a week before exams set themselves for absorbing incredible amounts of stress that impede their preparation. This may well work in the short-term leading to a false sense of habit. But, it is a destructive path. This needs to be corrected.
The same holds true for people with working lives that demand efficiency on a minute-to-minute basis. Forced to keep busy at all hours of a long working day, individuals get caught up in a stress-filled lifestyle that takes a toll on their mental as well as physical health. This is famously diagnosed as psychosomatic illness. The associated symptoms drastically affect our social interactions including those with parents, or children, back home and disharmonious relationships at the workplace.
While people may still find ways and means to communicate with those they love, this comes at a cost-strain on the relationships and the ties that bind them. At work, stressed-out individuals stand a higher chance of not appearing to adapt and adjust to their environment. They often set themselves for failure that further fuels their stressful lives.