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Stress Management

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Transcript of Stress Management

Stress Management

Stephanie McIsaac, Sarah Mebrahtu, and Bronwen Ward
Agenda
What is stress?
Stress in the Workplace
Managing Stress
Activity time!
Linkages to Research
Wrap Up
What is stress?
use the word "stress" when we become overwhelmed
wonder whether we can really cope with the pressures placed upon us
"global epidemic" - UN Labour Organization
What causes stress?
stressors
- stimulator causing stress
things we respond to in the environment
the more stressors we experience - the more stressed
can be anything - pollution, finances, stinky food
What happens when you
are stressed?
Body
blood pressure and heart rate rises
breathing becomes rapid
muscles tense up
heightened sense of alertness
nail biting, sweating
Thoughts and Behaviours
anger/depression
forgetfulness
undereating/overeating
drug/alcohol abuse
social withdrawal
inability to function
rationally
detrimental
to everyday life
Managing
Stress

How Ellen Deals With Stress...
Stress in the
Workplace

Let's De-Stress!
Wrapping Up
Why Does the Workplace Get Stressful?
#1 Reason
pressures for change in the contemporary work environment
...what does this mean?
increasing number of short term contracts in businesses
increase in pace, complexity, and volume of workload
corporate restructuring and changes in organizational strategies
What Happens When
You are Stressed at Work?
loss in productivity and focus
loss of quality of work (more prone to error)
increase in sick days and work related injuries
lack of co-operation
poor decision making
Coping Mechanisms
deep breathing
physical exercise
relaxation
meditation
Managing
Stress
Change your
attitude!
TAKE CHARGE!
TALK IT OUT
Get organized!
Think about a time...
So What?
How does this help us?
workplace stress is inevitable - easy start for managing it
important to understand what happens
emotionally
,
physically
, and
mentally
when under stress
easier to manage symptoms if you understand them
leads to a happier, healthier, more productive employee

Stress in the
Research Industry
"Human Comfort"
research industry:
fast paced
,
high energy
, a
mental workout
if stress goes untreated – will worsen over time and cause severe physical, emotional, and mental damage
management of stress is personally decided – have offered examples of both coping mechanisms and management techniques

workplace environment can affect job performance and stress levels
“human comfort”:
affects performance levels in workplace
you can take
steps to improve physical comfort,

will increase production
the empowerment in making our environment comfortable empowers us to be more decisive when doing work

what is stress and reactions
why workplaces are stressful
difference between
coping

mechanisms
and
stress

management
stress in the research industry
most important takeaway ...
STAY LEVEL HEADED!
Manage the work,
don't let the work manage you!
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