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2 tips to help reduce employee stress

by , 05 April 2016
In our modern society, everything seems to be moving faster, even in the workplace!
All this can get very overwhelming, to the point where unhealthy stress starts kicking in.
And this can end up having a very negative effect on your employees' mental health, which in turn can severely hamper your business's overall efficiency.
According to masterbuilders.co.za, it's not necessary to make major changes to your company in order to take control of workplace stress. Instead, it requires your employees to take control of themselves!

This is something I agree with, in that change comes from within the individual.

Having said that, here are 2 tips to promoting mental well-being and lowered levels of stress among your employees...

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Step#1: Pump some blood

Research has shown, time and time again, the positive effects that exercise has on the body's physical and mental well-being.

Exercise can relieve stress, anxiety and even depression to the same degree as anti-depressant medication! And without all the symptoms!

You see, exercise releases endorphins, which is the 'feel-good' hormone.

What can you do?

Encourage your employees to lead active lives. This could be in the form of a cycle around the neighbourhood, jogging or even a brisk walk around the block.

NOTE: What's even more interesting is the fact that sunlight has the ability to lighten a person's mood.

There's even a type of depression that's associated with a lack of sunshine!

So to get the greatest benefits of exercise, one should get out into the sun instead of cooping themselves up in a building, such as a gym.
Employees spend enough time inside walls.
 
Step#2: Catch enough Z's

Being well-rested is essential to managing stress in the workplace.

Having little to no rest before a day at work can greatly exacerbate stress levels.

What's more is that, with little rest, your irritability levels also spike, making you an unpleasant co-worker, which in turn stresses out other employees.

What can you do?

Teach your staff the benefits of getting enough rest, and encourage them to consistently get at least 7-9 hours of sleep within each 24-hour cycle.


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