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MANAGING WORKPLACE STRESS

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Work demands in this information age can be overwhelming. Stress is a natural response to pressure. Work Stress occurs when you perceive that these demands exceed your coping ability. Dr. Sharon Melnick, a business psychologist says ‘’people feel overwhelmed and overly busy’’.

What could be the likely stressors (causes of this stress).

 

  1. Pressure to meet increasing expectation but, no job satisfaction.
  2. Increase in work load as a result of limited workforce.
  3. Pressure to work at optimum levels always!
  4. Fear of losing the Job.
  5. Interpersonal problems amongst colleagues.
  6. High demands and low appreciation mechanisms.

 

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What Effects Can Work Stress Bring To Workers?

Changes in eating habit i.e. too much or too little.

Changes in sleeping patterns I.e. sleeping too much or too little

Memory problems

Deterioration of health.

Use of substances (e.g drugs, alcohol, tobacco) for relaxation.

Moodiness and emotional strain.

Psychological burnout.

Death.

 

Are There Ways To Help Of Coping With It Or Eliminating It?

Biofeedback;

A technique that helps you better deal with stress and anxiety after mastery. It uses external/computerized measuring devices to  show how successful one is at relaxing and trains the body to relax without the external device. E.g EEG. Electroencephaloghram.

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Progressive muscle relaxation;

This is an internal technique that helps you monitor and control muscular tension. A person learns to induce tension and release it in varied muscle groups.

 

Mindfulness meditation;

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Exercise;

Regular exercise helps in stress and anxiety reduction. It also helps boosts the mood and keep the body healthy.

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Smile and laugh;

Our brains are interconnected with our emotions and facial expressions. And lots of stress is held on the face. Smiling helps relieve the stress.

Diaphragmatic breathing;

This is a relaxation technique that helps lower the heart rate. Fast heart rate is associated    with stress. Thus, a slower heart rate helps reduce it. A popular way to do this is contracting and releasing the diaphragm at intervals.

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Author: mhcbiofeedback

Dr. Morayo Jimoh, a Chartered Educational Psychologist, is also a neurofeedback therapist in private practice. She obtained a Doctoral degree in the field of Psychology of Education from University of South Africa (UNISA). She is a member of the following associations: 1. Association for Applied psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB); 2. International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR); and 3. American Psychological Association (APA). 4. British Psychological Society 5. Psychological Society of South Africa Her field of interest is neuropsychological learning disabilities in children. Dr. Morayo Jimoh is a lecturer in Child Development in the Department of Early Childhood Education and Development under Distance learning at University of South Africa.

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