Stress in the workplace and how to combat it!

Stress in the workplace and how to combat it!

ANXIETY, STRESS AND DEPRESSION ARE THE SECOND HIGHEST CAUSES OF WORK-RELATED ILLNESS IN IRELAND

Stress can cause physical, emotional, and behavioral problems which can affect your health, energy, well-being, mental alertness, and personal and professional relationships. It can also cause defensiveness, lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, accidents, reduced productivity, and interpersonal conflict between normally harmonious colleagues.

Too much stress can cause minor problems such as sleep loss, irritability, backaches, or headaches, and can also contribute to potentially life-threatening diseases such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

During stressful times or situations, people often blame themselves for being weak or for their inability “to handle it.” Often managers in organizations do not understand the normal progression of change or stress-producing situations and they expect employees to immediately return to total productivity after a stressful event. It doesn’t happen.

A recent Europe-wide survey conducted by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work shows that 22 per cent of Irish workers experience stress at work either “always” or “most of the time”. – THE IRISH TIMES

Solutions:

“Creating a habit” Emotions create habits, focus on feeling good and on What You CAN DO!!!

  •  Schedule tough tasks smartly
  • Break down big projects
  • Take a few minutes to chat
  • Walk every day during lunch
  • Digital free times during the day
  • Fresh air breaks during the day
  • Having YOU time every day
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Calendar your day and week
  • Get involved with a health, fitness or social program club or organisation / Workplace Wellness Program.

 

WORKPLACE WELLNESS PROGRAMMES:

“REFERS TO A WORKPLACE STRATEGY BEING IMPLEMENTED TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF EMPLOYEES. EXAMPLES OF WELLNESS INITIATIVES COULD INCLUDE ENCOURAGING EMPLOYEES TO FOCUS ON KEY HEALTH BEHAVIOURS SUCH AS INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, IMPROVING EATING HABITS AND REDUCING STRESS.”