Do you think stress management is only about controlling your personal life? Think again.
Research conducted in 2019 showed that 83% of US workers suffered from work-related stress, and 33% of the participants had visited a doctor for stress-related problems. Businesses lose up to $300 billion yearly as a result of workplace stress - just in the USA. Let’s admit, there is an unbreakable link between work and stress. So managers should try to eliminate the things that cause stress. However, in the meantime, employees can benefit from learning stress management.
What is stress management? Stress management is not about living a stress-free life. It is about eliminating unnecessary stress and effectively managing the rest. There are mental, behavioural and physical techniques to cope with stress. Learning and practising these techniques helps to control your stress levels.
Stress can harm
Stress can harm employees both physically and mentally. High levels of stress change how our body works. It increases blood pressure, suppressing the immune system, and changing melatonin levels. Cardiovascular diseases, digestive system problems even stroke risks increase under constant stress.
High levels of stress also increase the risk of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Destructive feelings like anger and insecurity are more likely to occur under stress. Poor relationships with colleagues, bullying/harassment, and violence can also be side effects. Along with concentration loss, burn-out syndrome, and inefficient working.
What to do?
Learn stress management! Engaging with e-learning courses about stress management is a really good start point. But you also have to encourage your employees to take these lessons seriously and put into use what they learn.