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Reducing Stress By Eating Well

08.06.2012

Research into stress has illustrated beyond doubt the correlation between deteriorating health and lower performance at work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In his 1999 Report (1) , Dr. Martin Shain, Senior Research Scientist for the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, highlighted two key factors in affecting stress and therefore business risk

  • By defeating employees' sense of control over their work and their health which, in turn, reduces motivation to pursue positive health practices; and
  • By making it difficult for employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle and pursue positive health practices.

The report showed that the above two factors increased absenteeism, decreased creativity, efficiency, consumer satisfaction, and productivity.

Of course life can be stressful, and we all need a little bit of pressure to increase our performance level but how we handle stress, how we handle our energy levels are so important in maintaining a healthy stress free employee.

For example do you ever suffer from

  • Lethargy mid morning or mid afternoon?
  • Lethargy from not sleeping well?
  • Lack of motivation?
  • Feeling incapable of creating a healthy life through a strong life/work balance?

All of these can be improved through simple changes to your diet. A major cause of stress is feeling swamped, of feeling not able to cope…. however by increasing your body fuel you can increase your productivity and reduce that stress level.

These are all easily put right through professional coaching; from group sessions to educate to personal sessions to help implement.

It would seem stress that is almost accepted as part of our working life, however there are simple steps we can take to increase the body’s ability to cope with stressful situations. There are simple techniques we can take to increase our energy levels and boost our immune system.

Companies often refer to their people as their greatest asset…, which is maybe true as their only real competitive advantage, however assets that are not maintained well and are continuously asked to perform higher than their bodies will allow…well they will deteriorate over time… reducing that competitive advantage.

So why not show R.E.A.L leadership and help both you and the people around you to increase their ability to perform at the level they know they can

  • Recognise and communicate the importance of healthy living
  • Educate to give people the tools to improve their health
  • Assess progress against specific targets
  • Lunch and learn to review progress and celebrate success
     

Citations:

  1. Shain, M. (1999). The role of the workplace in the production and containment of health costs: The case of stress-related disorders. Leadership in Health Services, 12 (2), 1-7.


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