February is Psychology Month!
Psychology as a discipline studies how we think, feel and behave from a scientific viewpoint and applies this knowledge to help people understand, explain and change their behavior.
There are over 40 individuals (including residents) who comprise the psychology discipline at Vancouver Coastal Health. Many of these individuals are involved in original and applied research, teaching, supervising psychology graduate students, consulting within interdisciplinary teams, developing and evaluating programs, and, most importantly, providing direct clinical care to clients.
Each week during the month of February we’ll be sending some brief tips from the Psychology Discipline on how to enhance our thinking, emotions and behavior.
This week, the tips are about workplace stress management
Did you know that stress, burn-out and mental health issues have been identified as some of the main factors limiting productivity in Canada? Almost 20% of Canadians say work pressure causes them the most stress.
There are many ways that people manage stress. Evaluate your strategies! Do you engage in unhealthy ways of coping, such as smoking, eating poorly or drinking alcohol to manage stress? Even though it’s difficult when you’re feeling stress out, this is actually the most important time to get enough sleep and eat well. Doing any form of exercise, such as yoga, walking or running, has been shown to keep both your mind and body healthy. It also helps you be more resilient in response to stress!
Check out some of the articles below for some evidence-based psychological tips for work place stress management:
Managing work-related stress: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/work-stress.aspx
Managing stress in general: http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/sites/default/files/Stress2010.pdf
Working with supervisor difficulties: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/boss.aspx
Managing anger: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/controlling-anger.aspx