Difference between Obsession a...

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder wherein an individual experiences recurring and undesirable thoughts, sensations or ideas which is known as obsessions that compels them to carry out behaviour on repetition which is known as compulsions. Let’s understand the difference between Obsession and Compulsion;   Obsessions Compulsions What are they? They are thoughts, ideas […]

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Sex OCD

Obsessions about sexual content Obsessions about sexual content or intrusive sexual thoughts are recurrent and repugnant thoughts that are sexual in nature. They are involuntary and cause extreme distress when they rise in the individual’s mind. They often experience extreme shame, guilt, hopelessness, and depression causing them to label themselves deviant and repulsive. The very […]

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Treatment for Obsessive compul...

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects an individual’s thoughts and behaviour. Here the individual has intrusive repetitive distressing thoughts and compulsions or ritualistic mental acts or behaviour that temporarily reduces the distress. Living with OCD can be devastating as the individual is aware that something is wrong with them but are unable to control their thoughts. […]

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Is alcoholism hereditary?

Number of studies has been conducted to find if our gene is the cause of alcoholism, yet there has not been a study that confirms it. Experts have conducted twin and adoption studies to reach this goal. However what was found was; genes or heredity is not the sole reason for alcoholism, along with it […]

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Impact of alcoholism on family

Alcoholism is a well known health hazard. It impacts the individual’s health, their social status, finance and mental health too. But along with these it also affects the abuser’s family. Man is a social being and is always connected to others; the closet among all is family. Hence the family is bound to get an […]

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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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