How to help an Alcoholic?

It is painful and overwhelming to see someone you love destroy their life due to an addictive behaviour. Alcoholics usually tend to deny their addiction and only realize it when its negative effects have spread into almost all areas of life. Here the role of friends and family members can be effective in encouraging them […]

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First aid for Panic Attacks

Panic attack is a condition which is episodic in nature marked by high anxiety and fear, also discomfort that develops suddenly and reaches heights within 10 minutes.   Observable symptoms: Trembling and shaking Sweating Short breaths and sensations of choking If the person reports – palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, abdominal distress or nausea, dizziness […]

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Panic Attack in Child

Did you know that a panic attack in children often manifests in the early stages of adolescence? And, it is the most common psychological problem in the western countries, usually affecting about 2-3% of the people especially the younger ones in a year. There is no specific event triggering the first panic attack in children, […]

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Alcohol Detoxification

Do you know that Delirium tremens kills one in  20 people during alcohol withdrawal? Yes, It is estimated these tremors occur in 5 percent of the people who go through the process of alcohol withdrawal. This is the time where the alcohol detoxification comes into the picture.   It is good if you have decided […]

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How To Stop Panic Attack

Dying on EMI basis?   In the spur of a moment suddenly thinking of losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. No clue of what’s happening in and around? That could be a panic attack. Yes! A panic attack is a sudden impact of intense fear that creates severe physical reactions in the […]

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Workplace Stress Management Linked to Employees Wellbeing and Productivity

How_to_manage_stress_Full_ImageIt would be naïve of us not to confess about the overbearing influence of stress on our lives. Can someone, for that matter, say for surety that he or she has never felt being stressed out? In fact, in today’s world, a life without stress is unthinkable. But it is also a fact that stress beyond a point is detrimental to the health and needs to be dealt with promptly.

At workplace, excess stress impinges on workers’ performance and organization productivity. There might be numerous factors that can be attributed to stress that is at play in course of the larger part of our life cycle – in office or out of it?

Stress Symptoms

Stress symptoms at workplace may manifest in aform of anxiety, loss of interest in work, etc. Here are a few signs and symptoms of job and workplace stress:

  • Anxiety, irritation, depression
  • Loss of interest in work
  • Sleep disorder
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Headaches/ muscle tension
  • Stomach problem
  • Social withdrawal
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope

Stress Factors

Excessive workplace stress has to do with circumstantial and other immediate factors such as:

  • Fear of being laid off
  • More overtime due to staff cutbacks
  • Pressure to perform jobs that give no satisfaction
  • Pressure to perform optimally all the time

What Managers canDo?

At work-place, the onus of creating a minimally-stressful working atmosphere lies on employer or his manager. The manager or the employer can work for creation of a more conducive work atmosphere for optimal realization of employees’ potential. This can be done by:

  • Improving communication
  • Sharing information with employees to reduce uncertainty over jobs and future
  • Clear enunciation of employees’ roles and responsibilities
  • Having friendly and efficient communication as against mean-spirited and petty one
  • Taking employees into confidence
  • Taking employees into confidence about work rules, scheduling
  • Allowing workers say in moves that effect their jobs
  • Allocating work-load suitable to worker’s abilities
  • Avoiding setting of unrealistic deadlines
  • Acknowledging good performance with rewards
  • Cultivating friendly, social environment

What workers can Do?

How workers can contribute to lessening of stress at workplace? Employees in an organization can contribute to a healthy workplace atmosphere by:

  • Setting realistic work goal and working towards it
  • Resisting temptation of being a perfectionist, instead give yourbest
  • Avoiding being late in meeting goals
  • Clearing the mess on the desk
  • Planning the day’s work schedule and sticking to it
  • Thinking positively about work
  • Not trying to control other’s behavior
  • Controlling the way one chooses to react to problems

Four Easy Steps to Combat Stress

  • Move away from stressful work situation and take a walk outside
  • Sharing thoughts to someone who can be trusted and confided to
  • Develop fellow feeling among co-workers
  • Crack a joke with a colleague, and find a way to lighten yourmood

 

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