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1.9. Investigate techniques to manage stress in the workplace

ryanrori February 7, 2021

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Learning how to manage stress has to be part and parcel of your own self-management, as many organisations do not have enough resources to focus on the personal health of their workers. 

If you do not learn how to manage this factor it could lead to decreased efficiency, and general unhappiness. 

The reduction of work stress can be achieved through small changes both during the work day and at home. 

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Explain the relationship between stress and a healthy lifestyle

What is a healthy lifestyle really? It includes the following:

Eat a healthy diet. If you are well nourished you will be able to cope with stress, as your body draws on its energy reserves- so be aware of what you eat. A good breakfast will help you keep your energy up and your mind clear and you need to also eat balanced nourishing food right throughout the day. Toss the junk food and eat fruits and nuts instead of chips and sweets!

Get enough sleep. Sufficient sleep will help your mind and body. If you are tired you can increase your stress because it can cause unfocused thinking. 

Exercise regularly. There is no way to get around it, being active plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. You need to do at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. This also helps to release pent-up stress and tension.

Reduce caffeine and sugar. The temporary “highs” caffeine and sugar give can lead to a crash in mood and energy. Coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, and sugar snacks need to be reduced in your diet.

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. It may provide a temporary escape but puts a toll on your health too. A clear mind will help you deal with stress far better.

Explain the role of attitudes, behaviour and management style in creating an environment in which stress is managed

Your attitude can be influenced by your environment, just as your attitude affects your environment.

Your positive attitude can lift the spirits of your colleagues, and the opposite can lower their spirits. This can affect your work performance and the performance of the people you work with. Positive behaviour if practised enough can become a habit. Learning techniques such as meditation can also help your overall sense of well-being and therefore influence your behaviour. 

We saw earlier that certain leadership styles can be detrimental to a healthy work environment. Managers can make a difference to a person’s attitude if the root cause is work conditions or work environment. For example, if people have become negative because of their work hours, a manager can address the issue. Management should strive to remedy these situations when they occur to encourage a positive work environment.

By creating a positive work environment it will result in an effective and efficient workplace. Working in this environment you are more likely to contribute positively. Considering that most people spend a greater part of their lives at work it is vital that this be healthy. You also have a responsibility to respond if your employer is making every effort to create a good environment.