Lifestyle Medicine Week: Day 2, Workplace Wellness
How common are mental health conditions and high stress levels in the workplace? Eighteen percent (18%) of the adult population reported a mental illness in 2016; 71% of adults reported at least one symptom of stress. Pre-COVID statistics from the CDC report that 63% of Americans are part of the US workforce. Mental health concerns in the workplace can result in absenteeism, negative impact on productivity and profits, increased costs to deal with the issue, and adverse effects on employee morale. A 1995 study noted that some types of jobs, such as secretaries, teachers, managers, and healthcare workers, can have higher levels of stress than others. It would be advantageous to plan strategies to take care of yourself and your staff in the workplace and also identify ways to address, prevent, and minimize stressors and other risk factors for mental health conditions.
Therapistaid.com offers a nice chart illustrating different signs, symptoms, and characteristics of stress. It may be useful to keep this chart handy for personal reference or to share with others when talking about stress.
If you find that your stress or others’ stress is high and affecting physical wellness, work performance, or spilling out into other areas of life, see if there are adjustments that can be made. One option is to focus in on intentional self-care and building in protective factors against stress. For example, work on developing social support, emotional coping, physical health, identifying a sense of purpose and meaning in life, building self-esteem, and promoting healthy thinking behaviors. When under stress, the activities and behaviors that make us happy and help us to self-guard against illness and burnout are usually the first to stop.
General Tips to Promote Workplace Wellness
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