Sensory Intelligence® and stress: When is too much too much?
Posted: 20 May, 2016
By: Annemarie Lombard
We are bombarded by information from our environment on a daily basis. The human brain reacts to this information in a particular way and on certain levels, depending on:
* in-born neurological threshold
* general health and wellness
* type and intensity of the information
Levels of reaction to the environment:
1. I’m Ok
A level of comfort enabling a person to cope with all information from the environment in a productive and optimal manner.
The next level where drive and output get accelerated by work load, intensity and expectation, the so called “good stress”.
This is a level where work load; intensity and expectation start to reach a stage beyond the physical capacity of an individual resulting in stress, uncertainty and regression of performance. A warning sign to reduce expectation and input/output.
4. Out of control
The individual experience significant break-down of function which could result in fear, aggression and/or other negative emotional output. At this level conflict often occurs in a work environment. This is an extremely negative phase for everyone involved as it breaks down teamwork, personal effectiveness and cohesion.
Break down of individual abilities. At this level physical removal from the environment is necessary. People often get sick at this stage. It is a classic sign of burn-out.
Where are you functioning?
Sensory Intelligence® consulting can help you identify and reduce sensory overload to be more productive, happy and healthy:
* Start with your Sensory Matrix™ sensory self-assessment
* Determine thresholds and environmental stressors specifically for your assess type
* Coaching with emphasis of understanding, insight and removal and/or changing of stressors