Stress Happens. It’s a part of life and a part of most workplaces. We may not be able to control stressors at work (or at home) but we can control how we respond and manage our stress.
In honor of April National Stress Awareness Month and as part of our employee health promotion initiatives, here are 5 Strategies to Help Your Employees Manage and Reduce Stress, thus increasing overall health and well-being:
- STOP & SLOW DOWN – Unplug and Be More Present & Mindful
- RELAX DAILY – Take 5 and Recharge by simply getting still or outdoors with nature
- LET IT GO! – Release negative, unhealthy thoughts & behaviors
- PRIORITIZE SLEEP & REST – Promote this under-rated healthy habit & take a 10 minute rest
- SEEK SUPPORT – Release the stigma and encourage utilization of EAP & support resoures
We know that long-term stress can lead to a wide range of preventable illnesses—from headaches to stomach disorders to obesity and depression—and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. These preventable chronic conditions not only cost employers in increased health care costs, but in absenteeism and reduced productivity. Healthy employees are happier employees and their health is your company’s greatest wealth.
Understanding the mind-stress-health (mind-body) connection can help better manage stress and improve health and well-being.
Dis-Ease = Disease
When we help employees understand the importance of self-care and taking time to practice the five healthy behaviors listed above, we can help create healthy habits for a lifetime.
Each of us are responsible for our own health and as leaders in your organization, it’s critical to lead by healthy examples, such as slowing down to be more present and mindful with colleagues, taking PTO, seeking support and utilizing EAP benefits and encouraging unplugging and rest when away from the office.
For a fun workplace wellness challenge, try encouraging your employees to track their sleep (7-8 hour nightly goal), participate in a self-care activity weekly, attend a Yoga class or practice slowing down and being more mindful (2 Minute Mindfulness Breaks Daily Challenge).
Cheers to letting go of stress being a true well-being champion!
For more information on how to help your employees manage stress or enhance your employee well-being initiatives, contact us at email@example.com.