Stress is often regarded as the price we must pay for our twenty first century lifestyle, and as a necessary evil. The reality is that severe longterm stress can have very serious health consequences. However, early intervention and making very simple changes can significantly reduce stress.
Symptoms of stress
inability to concentrate
loss of confidence
Stress is now widely acknowledged as the most common reason for time off work. It can cause havoc in personal relationships and is often a source of great distress both to those who suffer from it, and to their family and friends. It can cause people to behave in ways that are completely out of character, and frequently the person who is suffering from stress does not recognise it.
Common causes of stress include
fear of job loss
a major unexpected change
a particularly difficult loss
conflict in a work relationship
At home, severe prolonged stress can result in family breakdown, or physical or mental health difficulties. At work, stress can damage business and working relationships, and can have a serious negative effect on performance and productivity.
Some simple and effective measures for reducing stress:
acknowledge stress exisits, is real, and could be affecting you
speak to someone about it
take regular gentle exercise
do something relaxing
don't use alcohol to relax or escape
think about something you're looking forward to
Stress Management in the Workplace
In business, stress can have serious and widespread consequences. It puts employers at risk of being found in breach of their duty of care obligations, and vulnerable to costly litigation.
Catalyst works on stress management at two levels in the workplace.
Preventatively, through workshops teaching skills in recognizing symptoms of stress and stress management strategies.
Managing established stress, through stress counselling on an individual basis for employees who are seeking to avoid the need to take time off work because of stress, or who have been signed off sick and are working towards return to work.
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