Stressed at work? Pat your back and say you are the best

Working women are twice prone to stress as compared to men for they have to shuttle between work and home. And if they do not manage their stress at the earliest,they can end up with major psychological disorders.

Written by JYOTSNA JALALI | Chandigarh | Published:March 26, 2009 2:38 am

Working women are twice prone to stress as compared to men for they have to shuttle between work and home. And if they do not manage their stress at the earliest,they can end up with major psychological disorders.

Experts in the field of psychology believe that yoga is the best way for professional women to shun stress and companies must make necessary arrangements to allow employees practice yoga.

So the next time you feel low or stressed out,just repeat to yourself loudly that you are the best. This will instantly make you feel refreshed. The thoughts were delivered by Professor Girishwar Misra,Delhi University,who was in Chandigarh for the national conference on ‘Well-Being at Workplace: Search for Synergy’ held at Government College,Sector 11.

Professor Misra said the best way in which an employee can beat stress is through self-appreciation and by developing a positive attitude.

Also present on the occasion was Professor Vijya Laxmi Chouhan from M L Sukhadia University in Udaipur,Rajasthan. “An individual,to be happy at workplace,needs to audit himself or herself,based on which the balance sheet of the mind is to be prepared. Auditing oneself helps in getting over stress as the practice allows an individual to work on his or her weak areas,” Professor Chouhan said.

Most of the experts,while presenting their papers,said with jobs being incentive-based,stress levels have shot up immensely among professionals. The best way to fight stress is to divert energy into doing something positive and the easiest way is exercise,experts said,adding yoga is one such activity.

Nearly 75 scholars from 15 states attended the seminar. They presented an in-depth analysis of problems at workplace,lapses in the system and offered suggestions to redeem the workplace scenario of stress and strife.

Professor Sagar Sharma,Prof Emeritus,Himachal Pradesh University,Shimla,said the need of the hour is to understand the concept of search for synergy.

In the acronym ‘POISE’,P stands for physical wellbeing,O is for occupational wellbeing,I for intellectual wellbeing,S for social wellbeing and E for emotional wellbeing,he said,while talking about occupational wellbeing,i.e. healthy people and healthy organisation. “It is a two-way interaction. We cannot have healthy people and unhealthy workplace and vice-versa. Organisations which have trusting cultures help the people to grow,” he said.

The guest of honour Dinesh Kumar from The Tribune stressed on interpersonal relationships,conflicts and human behavior at workplace. He said that for a healthy organisation,a leader has to be a good human being,possessing patience and listening capacity.

Director Higher Education,Raji P Srivastava,chaired the valedictory session of the seminar.

Remedies to beat stress

* Self-motivation

* Exercise

* Positive thoughts

* Sharing your feelings

* Adapting the work environment

* If nothing works out,move to a new organization. Nothing is as important as health.

What an organisation can do

* Provide congenial atmosphere to employees

* Have regular informal interactions with employees,acknowledge their participation

* Appreciate employees for all their efforts

* Have a workout zone

* Treat employees as humans and not a resource

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