DESCRIPTION: Stress is a normal part of everyday life. A person’s ability to understand and manage their stress has a direct correlation to effective performance in the workplace. In this course, participants will learn how stress works, recognize personal sources of stress, understand the effects of stress, develop resilience strategies, and create an action plan to reduce stress and improve productivity.
Techniques to help with stress :
WebMD has laid down some stress management techniques:
- Exercise- Physical activity can help improve your sleep. And better sleep means better stress management. People who exercise also tend to feel less anxious and more positive about themselves. When your body feels good, your mind often follows.
- Diet- The benefits of eating healthy foods extend beyond your waistline to your mental health. A healthy diet can lessen the effects of stress, build up your immune system, level your mood, and lower your blood pressure. To stay healthy and on an even keel, look for complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and fatty acids found in fish, meat, eggs, and nuts. Antioxidants help too. They protect your cells against damage that chronic stress can cause. You can find them in a huge variety of foods like beans, fruits, berries, vegetables, and spices such as ginger.
- Sleep- A common side effect of stress is that you may struggle to fall asleep. If this happens three times a week for at least 3 months, you may have insomnia, an inability to fall and stay asleep. Lack of sleep can also add to your stress level and cause a cycle of stress and sleeplessness. Better sleep habits can help. This includes both your daily routine and the way you set up your bedroom. The role of your bedroom in good sleep hygiene also is important. In general, your room should be dark, quiet, and cool — 60-65 degrees is thought to be an ideal temperature to stay asleep. Your bed also plays an important role. Your mattress should provide support, space, and most of all, comfort.
- Relaxation techniques:
- Yoga- This is a form of exercise, but it can also be a meditation. There are many types of yoga. The ones that focus on slow movement, stretching, and deep breathing are best for lowering your anxiety and stress.
- Meditation- It has been around for over 5,000 years for a reason. Meditation works well for many people and has many benefits. It can lower stress, anxiety, and chronic pain as well as improve sleep, energy levels, and mood.
- Deep breathing- When you practice deep breathing, you turn on your body’s natural ability to relax. This creates a state of deep rest that can change how your body responds to stress. It sends more oxygen to your brain and calms the part of your nervous system that handles your ability to relax.
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- Apply a three-step process to manage your stress
- Define stress
- Discuss how stress works
- Identify personal sources of stress
- Apply effective strategies to increase resilience
- Implement an action plan to reduce stress and improve personal productivity