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Stress Less! Managing Employee Stress

STRESS LESS 5 PHYSICAL PRACTICES TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE EMPLOYEE STRESS American workers who Cost to U.S. companies SG8B Stress is a common denominator to every 71% consider their workplace a from health care utilization occupation. Regardless of salary, gender, significant source of stress. induced by stress. field or experience, excessive stress can cripple productivity and take a Americans who report job 10% 10% National profit-reduction caused by stress-related health care. tremendous toll on physical and stress reduces their emotional health. productivity. EFFECTIVE STRESS MANAGEMENT BEGINS BY RECOGNIZING ITS SIGNS WHICH MAY INCLUDE: HEADACHES TROUBLE CONCENTRATING ANXIETY APATHY MUSCLE TENSION ANGER STOMACH PROBLEMS SKIN IRRITATIONS FATICUE Decreased SEX DRIVE THE NEXT STEP IS TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF BOTH MIND AND BODY. EACH OF THE FOLLOWING PHYSICAL PRACTICES ADDRESS THE PHYSIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF STRESS. ACUPUNCTURE Stress causes tension throughout the body which blocks the free flow of energy. Small needles inserted into just the surface of the skin stimulate specific points in the body to dispel energy blockages. Practiced regularly, acupuncture eliminates stress and anxiety while decreasing blood pressure and relaxing muscles. EXCERCISE As with acupuncture, exercise produce endorphins, brain chemicals linked to feelings of euphoria. Physical activity also distracts from current stress, enables individuals to better cope with future stress and balances the negative effects stress has on the immune system by improving overall health. MASSAGE Massage induces chemical changes that reduce pain and stress in all areas of the body. When under stress, the body produces a hormone called cortisol, which kills cells important for immunity. Studies of patients' cortisol levels before and after massage sessions found massage decreased cortisol dramatically. YOGA Yoga combines a series of slow-moving and stationary poses with deep breathing. Most yoga classes end with a relaxation pose, but certain forms of yoga which emphasize slow and steady movement, breathing exercises and gentle stretching are best for stress relief. Other benefits include improved flexibility, strength, balance and stamina. REIKI Reiki is a spiritual healing art that originated in Japan. A Reiki practitioner will typically use a gentle touch to facilitate the flow of energy throughout the body, but unlike massage, Reiki may involve no physical contact at all. Reiki can help alleviate stress, calm anxiety and foster an environment for healing on all levels-physical, mental, and emotional. FOR EMPLOYEES FOR EMPLOYERS Stress is a normal part of the workplace, but even small Less stress in the workplace means more savings as lifestyle changes like creating a balanced schedule, taking employee morale increases and health costs decrease. An breaks and making personal investments like these will effective stress management strategy can foster additional ensure that stress doesn't get in the way of job performance social and economic benefits such as greater productivity, or getting satisfaction out of life at work and at home. employee attendance and a more positive work environment. BetterWorks is a cost-saving perks platform that rewards and motivates employees with top brand services employees want, need and love. Created By COLUMN FIVE Sources Acupuncture Insights BMC Public Health | Concordia University | Helpguide I Ruach Reiki | Touch Research Institute BetterWorks

Stress Less! Managing Employee Stress

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The correlation between employee wellness and corporate profit & growth is clear, and that's why managing employee stress is a topic near and dear to the BetterWorks mission. Our Health & Wellness sol...




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