Why do you need Mental Health ...

Every day we learn of suicide and individuals engaging in mass murder. Most of these individuals actually suffer from mental illness. From the youngest to the oldest all are at risk when it comes to mental illness. So what do we do in times like this? We provide Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First […]

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When does Psychological First ...

  The world is going through a crisis. From disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, traumatic events, ongoing discrimination towards sections of society, criminal activities etc. causes a large number of victims and affected family members of such victims undergo a major psychological breakdown. At times like this Psychological First Aid helps to prevent their health from […]

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Mental Health First Aid

In a first aid an injured person is given essential help until a professional medical treatment is given. The main aim of a first aid is to save life, prevent any kind of further harm, promote recovery and provide comfort. Mental health first aid (MHFA) does the same for individual developing mental health problems. Mental […]

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What are the other medical pro...

Dementia refers to a loss of mental function which compromises a person’s cognitive thinking. It results in declining memory and linguistic skill as well as behavioural changes. It is a progressive disease caused by brain damage. This means that the symptoms and effects will progressively worsen over time. The effects can range from physical or […]

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Say No to Cocaine in all forms...

We live in a world where taking cocaine is trendier than fashion. Its availability and use is not limited to a certain class of the society or an age group. The ‘Happening’ drug is easily available at the hidden corner of the street nearby. Whether it is to boost self-esteem or just succumbing to peer-pressure, […]

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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