Tips for empowering employees to manage stress while at work
Try googling the term stress. If you’re suffering from it, the 338 million+ results that follow should give you some comfort that you’re not alone, especially for those who identify the workplace as their most stressful daily environment.
With today’s accelerated pace of life comes a proportionate increase in stress levels. Generally, it’s important to remember that stress is not always bad, and can act as a positive motivator. However, when employees cannot cope or feel they are not in control of their stress, employers are challenged to sustain productivity, protect morale and provide employees with support. Additionally, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stress can lead to more serious chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder and other illnesses—all of which contribute to an unhealthy work environment
Given that, how can employees manage stress and find time to decompress? Here are six tips to pass along to your staff:
Acknowledge stress triggers: Identify situations that cause the greatest amount of stress and develop a plan for managing them in the future. As the Mayo Clinic puts it, “Sometimes the best way to cope with stress is to find a way to change the circumstances that are causing it.”
Organize a plan: Some create to-do lists. Others track their time. Regardless, those who have a proactive approach to organizing their day will generally feel more confident. On the flip side, those who are constantly reacting will likely feel as though they can’t quite keep up.
Escape the desk: Reading incessant strings of emails or playing catch-up by eating lunch at their desks are just two of the excuses that keep employees tied to their chairs. Instead, find reasons to be up throughout the day.
Adopt healthy habits: Keep nutritious snacks in the office, get ample rest each night and make time to exercise. Overloading on sugary treats, drinking too much caffeine to combat sleepless nights and remaining sedentary in the office aren’t the solutions for dealing with an intense workday.
Take a walk: Gain a new perspective by taking a walk around the block. A little exercise and fresh air can clear the mind. If getting outside isn’t always feasible, taking a moment to stretch and giving your brain a break is the next best thing.
Use vacation time: Americans are hoarders, especially when it comes to vacation days. Encourage a culture where taking vacations is the norm. Something as simple as a long weekend can sometimes make all the difference!
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Disclaimer: The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of a physician. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to a physician.