A culture of caring: how does it help manage stress?

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Culture of caring

In our lives, we always have many things happening at the same time, which demand our responsibility, dedication, and attention. This happens professionally and personally, and we need to be aware of when this pressure ceases to be healthy and becomes a stage of stress and burnout, so we need to be aware of ways to manage stress.

Of course, with the stress and anxiety that is often developed, this affects the person at work and helps their productivity drop. For this reason, it is very important that companies have a keen and sensitive look at this issue.

Building and maintaining a trusting and comfortable environment for everyone in the company is essential at various times, but especially this one when an employee is facing some kind of difficult period and this affects his or her emotional and psychological state.

Therefore, the company should be concerned with promoting good mental health practices and keeping the workplace healthy and pleasant for everyone.

Important points to have a mentally healthy work environment even remotely:

  1. A positive, togetherness culture: making people feel comfortable working and exposing their problems is part of an encouraging culture;
  2. Managing stress: managers and team leaders need to know how to dose the workload, and maintain good communication so that stress is better managed;
  3. Repudiate discrimination: protect the team from any act of discrimination, prejudice or otherwise;
  4. Try to solve problems together: as a consequence of positive culture, this will give more confidence and security for employees to share their issues and try to solve them in a joint way.

Stress, unlike pressure, is a reaction of the body when we experience situations of danger or threat. This reaction puts us in a state of alarm, causing physical and emotional changes. In addition to often being in the workplace, in many cases, stress can come from personal issues.

Examples of situations that can generate stress:

  • Bad communication in general
  • A high volume of work
  • A very full meeting agenda
  • Ability to deal with change
  • Expectations VS Reality Management
  • Personal relationships
  • Illness and grieving
  • Marriage, pregnancy, divorce

It is important that the company adopts some stress prevention strategies in a joint and empathetic way to think about adopting “healthy habits” in various areas.

How companies can help manage stress:

  • Plan goals and set priorities: don’t overload the team and help set priorities whenever necessary;
  • “Done is better than perfect”: understanding that everything is a process, and it’s significant to be generous and understanding. Not being a perfectionist, because perfection can be the enemy of success;
  • Encourage open dialogue and sharing: whether about thoughts, feelings, or other matters, be a good listener, and respect the state of mind of others. Make yourself available to help in a difficult situation;
  • Provide sports offers and balanced food: taking care of our physical health is taking care of our well-being and our willingness to perform our tasks. “Healthy mind, healthy body” they say, or perhaps we can say “Healthy body, healthy mind”;
  • Offer areas for relaxation or breaks: some breathing exercises help in moments of greater anxiety and anguish, as well as listening to music or going for a walk. Or just stop and enjoy, contemplate your surroundings and abstract yourself from everything.

Studies indicate that there are two types of stress, good stress, and bad stress.

How can we identify and distinguish good stress from bad stress?

Good StressBad Stress
MotivateFeels overwhelmed
Promotes a sense of accomplishmentContributes to distraction in tasks
Release the expression of emotionsThere is a feeling of failure
Keeps the focus on resultsBecomes pessimistic about the future

Knowing how to identify these points should also be one of the soft skills of team managers.

How can a manager help manage stress?

  • Encourage rest times and breaks
  • Always value the work of your colleagues
  • Provide an open dialogue
  • Offer flexible working
  • Provide emotional and professional support for employees

Besides these points, there are always relaxation techniques that can be shared in the team so that in the moment of stress they can be used.

Some techniques to relax during work:

Abdominal breathing

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Stretching exercises

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Music therapy

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Valuing and understanding that we are different people and have different backgrounds and experiences is very important for the organization so that there is support for the employee and this reduces stress and the chances of developing more serious diseases.

When your team is healthy, focused, and motivated, this brings good results to everyone and allows everyone to feel happy and recognized for their work.

And you, how do you help your teams and colleagues to manage stress?

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