You have heard the age-old saying, 'You are what you eat', being said many times before.
But in all honesty, how much time have you taken to consider what it actually means?
You see, what you eat determines how you feel as a person. And with a fast-paced society, like the one we have today, pushing the boundaries of employees' stress in the workplace, it's vital for them to be eating correctly.
All too often I have seen employees head over to the nearest fast food restaurant, only to order a quick meal that will, ironically enough, add stress to themselves instead of alleviate it.
So to help your employees manage their stress better you should teach them to 'liberate' their stomachs.
Let's take a look at how you can do this...
Teach your employees the following 2 tips…
Tip#1: Eat less junk food
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Avoid processed, also known as 'junk', foods which are high in sodium, sugar and saturated fats.
For example, sugars are simple carbohydrates. So while they might give a person an initial 'boost', they'll burn out very quickly. And this leads to a 'crash'.
Also, it's worth noting that foods high in fat, such as meat and cheese, can make a person feel very lethargic. And this isn't only bad for stress, but also for work performance!
Tip#2: Eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans and lentils) and whole grains (such as brown rice).
Research has shown that high-fibre carbohydrates, such as whole grains, can increase levels of serotonin (a type of hormone) in the body which has relaxing effects (a great way to combat stress).
Also, fruits and vegetables can help to boost the immune system, which tends to weaken with stress.
What else can you do to encourage your employees?
Here are 2 tips for you to implement…
Remove vending machines which stock 'junk' food and instead you can, for example, stock your staff kitchen with more healthful options such as fruits, carrots etc.
This same principle applies if you have a dining room for staff members.
Have signs up in the kitchen informing your staff of the importance of eating healthily. Also encourage your staff to stay hydrated by consuming water and not fizzy drinks.
*At the end of the day, you have a responsibility to look out for your employees' health and safety. And there's absolutely no reason why this shouldn't include looking out for their diets.
Healthy diets have proven to be an effective form of what we call 'preventative' medicine. And by preventing illness among your employees, you'll have fewer cases of sick leave
and more work being done in the workplace.
To learn more on stress in the workplace, take a look at our toolbox talk on office stress by paging over to Chapter T 57
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