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4 Tips to protect your employees from office stress

by , 16 December 2015
Did you know that money, self-pressure and lack of sleep are the leading causes of stress IN THE WORLD. This was according to a survey conducted by GfK, an international market-research organisation.

According to the survey, money was the main cause of stress, followed by putting pressure yourself and sleep deprivation.

It's very easy to link these three causes of stress to your employees, in that they can very easily be WORK-RELTED. And so it's very important for you to ensure that your their overall mental health is being looked after as much as is possible.

One of the ways to do this is by having a toolbox talk on office stress to inform your employees of the ways they can protect themselves from office stress.

Here are 4 tips to teach your employees on how to protect themselves from office stress:

Tip#1:

Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid junk food, overeating and not eating enough nutritious food items.

The foundation of your diet should consist of legumes (such as beans and lentils), whole grains (such as oats and brown rice), fresh fruits and vegetables. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, this dietary foundation is referred to as the 'Power Plate'.

Avoid fats, sugars, additives and salt as much as possible.

Failing to eat healthily could lead to the body becoming weaker, which in turn can lead to decreased functioning at work and increased stress levels.

Tip#2:

Consume less caffeine, which can be found in soft drinks, coffee, tea etc.

Instead, replace this more water consumption (at least 2 litres per day).

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Tip#3:

Cut out the cigarettes, because while they may appear to relieve stress, their long term effects on the body can be far worse.

Also avoid any other drugs, including sleeping tablets, as much as possible, and keep alcohol consumption to moderate levels.

Tip#4:

Get enough rest. In other words, at least 8 hours per day.
 
*All in all, good mental health and well-being is far more important than productivity, and ignoring that fact could actually lead to further decreases in productivity, by employees, in the workplace.

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