The Many Forms of Workplace Stress Management
Most people deal with stress daily, but how does your workforce handle that stress? The answer is different for everyone. There are many different and healthy ways of managing stress levels that will have a positive impact on your team’s well-being, productivity and work-life balance.
Some employees choose to burn off their stress physically through athletic pursuits, while others find that calmer methods such as meditation or breath practices work best for them.
There are benefits to both mental and physical forms of stress relief; the real question is what method or methods of workplace stress management will work best for each of your team members.
Workplace Stress Management: Meditation
One great way to manage stress is meditation. Meditation connects a person with themselves on a deeper level than they may be able to while surrounded by the noise of their workplace. Meditation promotes relaxation and feelings of calm by helping to let go of the surroundings and center oneself mentally.
There are so many ways to meditate that your team can practice it almost anywhere, at any time, with no special equipment. By taking time to educate them on how to focus and clear their minds (or focusing on one simple thing) you are allowing them to expand their self-awareness, reducing negative emotions and potentially enabling your employees to gain a new perspective on situations.
If your team is unsure where to start when learning to meditate, consider guiding them toward some simple forms of mental exercise like music meditation, mantra meditation, breath exercises or body scan meditation. If your workforce isn’t the type to sit still, there are more active forms like walking meditation. Each of these practices are equally beneficial and they all help to manage stress through thoughtful relaxation.
Workplace Stress Management: Physical Movement
If your team really can’t handle being stationary, your employees may find that athletic pursuits are a better form of stress relief. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress because there is a reliance on the self to get something done where the individual is in control of the outcome. The physical release from movement can also help reduce mental stress levels by granting a physical outlet to release stress.
The best type of physical activity for your team is based on their wants and needs. If they function more successfully alone, your employees could consider running or other single person activities. If they want to find more self-reliance or self-control, they could consider martial arts. If your employees prefer higher social interaction, group sports might be a better option for stress release.
An obvious benefit of such stress relief is a healthier and more fit physical self. However, there are other underappreciated aspects of physical activity on your team’s well-being. In team sports, for example, there is a self-reliance on an individual’s own performance with the added benefit of community and mutual support. This elevated sense of community, support and reliance on one’s own performance can lead to higher self-esteem and give a person the tools to better handle outside stressors.