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Stress is a working reality

3 August 2017

45% (11.7 million) of working days lost are due to stress, anxiety or depression; an average of 23.9 days per employee.1

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are three easy-to-implement ideas, inspired by recent research.

Mindful moments

Meditation can play a significant role in job performance and satisfaction. And when the focus is on blessings or gratitude, it can go a long way towards creating a positive working environment.2,3

Positive reflections

When people take time to put these positive thoughts down on paper there is even greater potential for benefit. One study, in which employees wrote down daily reflections on positive events, found that days with more positive events were associated with lower blood pressure and a greater ability to disconnect from work in the evening.4 In fact, these employees reported less stress and fewer health complaints on days when they had done their reflection exercises.4

Start the week sharing

Finally, the exchange of gratitude and positive experiences can be an effective means of improving our ability to cope with difficult situations.4 Whether it’s a work achievement or life event (such as a birthday, marriage, or personal sports best), taking a moment to share, acknowledge, and give thanks is something that most managers can easily adopt.

 

This article offers information on health. This information does not replace the doctor-patient relationship. If you have any questions, consult your Specialist.

1. Work related stress, anxiety and depression statistics in Great Britain 2016. Health and Safety Executive Web Site. http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress/. 2016. Accessed May 29, 2017.
2. Shiba K, Nishimoto M, Sugimoto M, Ishikawa Y. The Association between Meditation Practice and Job Performance: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS One. 2015; 10(5): e0128287. Doi: 10.1371/journal.p one.0128287
3. In praise of gratitude. Harvard Health Web site. http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/in-praise-of-gratitude  Published November 2011. Accessed July 4, 2017.
4. Bono, JE, Glomb TM, Shen W, Kim E,  Koch AJ. Building Positive Resources: Effects of Positive Events and Positive Reflection on Work Stress and Health. Acad Manage J. December 2013 56:6 1601-1627; published ahead of print September 6, 2012.