Thursday, 29 September 2011 16:00It's no secret that soldiers at war - and even those at home - experience high levels of stress due to the physical demands and psychological trauma that results from military training and combat.
A team of researchers at the RAND Corporation have called on U.S. military officials to improve behavioral health training for soldiers, in terms of both quality and access.
The scientists reported that military personnel should make efforts to increase the number of men and women using existing services, and ensure that healthcare providers and counselors running these programs are doing a good job. Additionally, the team said that confidential care is of great importance in increasing the use of behavioral health training.
"Efforts should focus on changing the culture at all levels of the military to encourage those in distress to seek help along with efforts to identify and intervene with service members who are at risk of suicide," said lead author and social scientist Rajeev Ramchand.
One way military officials can supplement counseling and training programs is by providing soldiers with tools and resources for stress management.
Thursday, 29 September 2011 16:00Each day, law enforcement officers risk their lives and cope with the trauma of having co-workers killed or injured in the line of duty. As a result, police are in a constant battle with workplace stress.
International News Magazine recently published an article by John Theobald, a police officer who went on to get his graduate degree and help others in his field deal with the stressors of being in the law enforcement field.
"At that time it was becoming increasingly clear that the stress factor in police work was manifesting in high rates of divorce, alcohol abuse, suicides and other acting-out behaviors. Having experienced it firsthand, I was determined to seek some method that could help ameliorate this situation," Theobald said.
The former officer helped officers in 10 metropolitan areas learn how to relieve their stress through holistic, non-medicinal means.
According to HeavyBadge.com, officers also deal with workplace stress as a result of demanding shifts and a negative public perception.
This suggests that employee wellness programs aimed at stress management may be needed in many police departments in order to help officers cope with their anxiety.
Thursday, 29 September 2011 16:00Disrupted sleep patterns have been strongly linked to anxiety, as it has been shown that workplace stress can keep people up at night and a lack of rest may make individuals less able to cope with relatively minor problems.
As a result of the chronic health and productivity issues that sleep disorders can cause, a team of researchers at Universite Laval in Canada conducted a study to determine the prevalence of these conditions in the country.
In a sample cohort of 2,000 volunteers, the team of scientists found that roughly 40 percent of the population experiences a symptom of insomnia about three times weekly. Signs of the sleep disorder include taking more than a half hour to fall asleep, waking for longer than 30 minutes at a time during the night or rousing from sleep earlier than planned.
Additionally, 20 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with their quality of sleep, and about 13 percent showed signs of clinical insomnia. Perhaps worryingly, just 13 percent of individuals who experienced at least one symptom of the sleep disorder sought treatment from a healthcare professional.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:00Being a mother is no easy task, some even say it’s a full-time job on its own. Imagine being a mom and also working as a physician, perhaps one of the most stressful occupations.
Farzanna S. Haffizulla, M.D., recently penned a book titled Harmony of the Spheres - Career, Family, and Community: A Working Mom’s Lessons of Love, Strength, and Balance, which tells her own story of being a professional and a mother, as well as provides advice for parents in need.
"I’ve been able to have a thriving professional career, while always making sure my family is the center of my life. My goal is to share what I’ve learned over the years - from my own strategies and techniques learned from being a mom, and from the discussions I’ve had with friends and family," said Haffizulla.
The doctor/mom said that self-reflection is a key in maintaining a good balance between professional and personal lives. Recognizing one’s own strengths and playing on those may help parents deal with workplace stress while giving their kids the attention they need.
A work-life balance has been named as one of the biggest struggles for modern employees who are often responsible for a number of home and job duties. Employee wellness programs can provide them with the tools they need to manage their stress in a healthy way.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 16:00In an article in the Huffington Post, the stressors of being a teacher are discussed, including a lack of break time during the day, adapting to policy changes and working with a vast array of people, from small children to experienced administrators.
Additionally, teachers appear to get very little respect from the general public. A recent survey ranked education professionals at 100 in the top 200 jobs in the U.S., as a result of low pay, demands and stress, according to the news source.
However, the author offered some tips to educators who are starting to feel the pressure of a new school year.
“Among those suggested by my [radio show] guests were taking five minutes at the beginning of each day for oneself, planning for breaks, tapping into one's gifts and talents, and aligning with those who inspire and motivate,” said BAM Radio Network host Rae Pica in her article.
According to Time-Managemen-Success.com, it may help educators to change their point of view on a situation. Viewing things in a more positive light has been shown to help improve workplace stress and strengthen employee performance.
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