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Tips for staying stress-free at work
Recent reports show that job satisfaction rates in the U.S. are at the lowest level in more than two decades. Because of the recession, work that was done by three or four colleagues is now being managed by one in many places. As a consequence, stress, anxiety, and job burnout can devastate business results and personal health. Mary Capelli-Schellpfeffer, MD, MPA, medical director of the Marywood, Ill.-based Loyola University Health System Occupational Health Services says, “Staying well can ease stressful experiences”. She encourages exercise, even if it's just 10 minutes a day for a short walk. She also warns to stay clear of alcohol - which will put on the pounds and diminish coping abilities - and to avoid multitasking. “Keep focused on one project at a time: it will be less difficult to finish” she says. For employers, Capelli-Schellpfeffer says one of the most important healthy habits they can use in the fight against burnout is frequent communication. When a supervisor stops by an employee’s desk asking, “How are you doing” the action makes an impact.