Occupational Wellness and Health: Stress Management
Stress at work is inevitable, but a high level of stress and the inability, or lack, of stress management can result in;
- Raised blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Anxiety disorder
Stress management is more complicated than most like to think, and is something that should not be ignored, nor deemed normal with the classic, “no job is easy, this stress is part of being an adult.”
Signs and symptoms
- Appetite changes (increase or decrease)
- Muscle tension
- Digestion problems
- Weak immune system
- Breathing faster and shallower
- Excessive sweating
- Short tempered
- Inability or lowered ability to control moods
- Unhappiness or guilt
- Worrying excessively about everything
- Reduced memory
- Negative thinking
- Loss of confidence
- Racing thoughts
Luckily, there are a few ways to handle this without the help of a professional.
OCCX – our Occupational Health and Wellness Management Solution integrates hiring and recruitment, employee occupational health, medical surveillance, medical interventions, employee wellness programs and workplace injury management. This enables health practitioners to track medical trends, manage regulatory compliance and requirements, reduces absences and make more informed decisions on how to improve employee health, productivity and wellness.
Sleeping in a little later may not be the best idea
Rushing to get ready, gulping down a strong cup of coffee and speeding through traffic all for a bit of extra sleep is not worth it. All of those actions immediately put you on edge and throw you into the pit of stress, all by 8 am.
A lack of sleep is, of course, not a good idea either, and juggling work and leisure sometimes mean a late night. So, here are some quick tips:
- Prepare a breakfast in advance
whether this be overnight oats or a sandwich, make sure you can grab it in the morning and eat it at the office if necessary – when you sit down, not inhaling it in the car.
- Decide what you want to wear to work the night before
find everything you need and place it somewhere where it will not get dirty or creased. If you exercise in the morning, get your exercise gear out and pack your work clothes.
Yes, a packet of chips or take-aways are easy on the run, but this results in spikes of energy and thus a loss of concentration. Additionally, weight gain or loss may lead to even more stress. Pack a lunch. Browse the internet for “quick and delicious meals on the go”, or “10-minute dinners”.
Any exercise is better than no exercise. Find a friend or co-worker and go for a walk, whether this is before work, at lunch or after work.
Confide in friends
Do not rely on your friends for help, but getting it off your chest is like an elephant has been lifted off of you.
You need to actively try not to be stressed. Stress can cause you to lose your job. It is severely detrimental to your physical and mental health and in some cases, even life-threatening. Small lifestyle changes may seem tedious in the beginning, but eventually, it becomes natural.
With regards to businesses, stressed employees not only result in toxic internal functioning but will also the production and standard of your products and services.