Is a DBA job stressful

Challenge: mastering stress

On some days, one stressful situation follows the next, it sure sounds familiar to you. Sometimes there is an important appointment while you are busy fixing the broken water pipe in your old studio, then three of your employees are also sick and cannot take care of the planned reopening of their club. Admittedly, you don't always have to be in such a tricky position to be stressed. Sometimes even small spontaneous deviations in the schedule are enough to put you under time pressure, but too much stress creates a sensory overload that makes it difficult to concentrate and not to become hectic. Despite this stress, there are also people who, despite the tense situation, manage to remain calm and relaxed so that they can continue to concentrate on the essentials. They have a high level of resilience and are therefore able to face these stressful situations positively due to their existing skills.

What exactly is resilience?
The term resilience comes from Latin and means something like 'jump off', 'jump back'. A person with high resilience simply lets his stress and displeasure bounce off himself in order to be able to continue to think clearly and act sensibly even in difficult situations. The stress can thus be transformed into a positive driving force and a challenge to be overcome. Even if there is a possibility of a setback. Those who have resilience are aware of this and also know that they can determine their actions and their outlook on life. In this way it is possible for him to recover faster from suffering and failure through his inner attitude and to be able to reduce stress. There are a total of seven variables that positively influence a person's resilience - the so-called resilience factors.

Point one is the ability to accept past and current experiences and to come to terms with things or situations that cannot be changed. In addition, resilient people are aware of what lies within their own sphere of influence.

Resilient people have a positive self-image and are able to give the positive aspects in life more space than the negative. You can control your own emotions so that responses to a conflict are consciously controlled.

Self-efficacy creates the feeling of being able to rely on your own strengths and knowing your own needs. Action is geared towards these factors instead of being guided by external or internal counterproductive processes.

individual responsibility
Personal responsibility is the ability to know one's own psychological and physical limits and to carry out one's own actions conscientiously.

Network orientation
This ability strengthens the bond with others in order to build a stable social network and to get support in problematic situations.

Solution orientation 
This means knowing your own values, using them as a guide when choosing suitable solutions and focusing on what will bring you forward. Resilient people therefore have the ability to see challenges as opportunities.

Future orientation
Future orientation is the ability to control short-term impulses in favor of longer-term goals and to have a clear idea of ​​one's own future.



How important is a certain level of resilience in executives?
Resilience is a term that one encounters more and more often in connection with psychological stress in everyday work. The stress as a boss can have many origins: whether external pressure, expectations that are too high, fixed-term contracts, excessive demands or conflicts with colleagues. In addition, for many people the line between private life and work is blurred by constant availability and nine-to-five jobs do not always correspond to the rule. So it's no wonder that stress is now one of the most common reasons why a job can make you sick. This should not be underestimated, because even if you can keep up the pace for some time, one day your body will lack the power reserves and your own health and productivity will suffer as a result. Therefore, resilience researchers have looked at the question of how workers can stay healthy under these conditions.

According to a study1, resilient people are more productive, emotionally stronger and less likely to suffer from psychosomatic illnesses. In addition, employees who set challenging goals and approach them optimistically have a higher level of job satisfaction. Control is also an important topic: People who have the feeling of being in control of their actions at work and who at the same time receive guidance from their superiors have a higher resilience quotient. The link between the quality and the courtesy of the manager with the health and satisfaction of the employee in the workplace was also confirmed.

It is therefore worthwhile to take the issue of resilience and stress management seriously in the company and to give employees and managers the opportunity to strengthen them. Managers should develop their ability to lead employees and pursue goals for working together in order to develop their self-efficacy - the conviction that they can successfully overcome even difficult conflicts and challenges themselves. In addition, the managers should also give their employees and colleagues enough freedom for their own initiative so that they too retain the feeling of being in control of their tasks. It is important that the employees are supported in not losing sight of their goals and that not too much freedom is granted, otherwise a laissez-faire attitude could arise.

How does resilience training work?
Resilience can be learned. This ability develops in childhood and is shaped by our experiences. Children who received a positive self-concept from their family could learn that negative situations can be viewed as challenges. It is easier for you to actively face these scenarios. In this way they learn to become more stress-resistant as adults, because those who are aware that they can manage their lives efficiently and appropriately will have fewer problems coping with stress and conflict situations.
Adults can also train their self-efficacy and learn to recognize difficult situations in everyday life as opportunities. It is always important to keep in mind that you decide for yourself whether you are positive or negative about certain events. Stress management and resilience training therefore teaches how to deal better and more easily with stressful situations and conflicts in everyday life. Great emphasis is placed on individual advice and assistance, because every person has their own level of resilience, depending on which skills they have already acquired. With the help of impulse lectures, individual and group work, specific analyzes as well as meditation and relaxation techniques, resources, content and techniques are conveyed that can help create deep and lasting relaxation. These are based on Far Eastern traditions and scientific knowledge.

It is important to note that every person has personal values ​​and different skills in relation to stress. Those who train their own resilience promote awareness of their own resources, increase the acceptance of conditions and changes and can thus counteract diseases of a psychological nature caused by stress such as burnout, but also diseases such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. Resilient people are also more satisfied with their work due to their actions and their optimistic attitude towards work.


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Dr. Dickes, I. and S. Teuber: RESILIENZ - a new fashion term instead of stress management ?,, accessed on 3 May 2019.
Heller, Jutta: Individual resilience in the concept of Prof. Heller, accessed on May 3, 2019.

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