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Support: Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle [2.10.2f 18]

SAMHSA’s Preventing and Managing Stress provides tips to help disaster response workers prevent and manage stress. Includes strategies to help responders prepare for their assignment, use stress-reducing precautions during the assignment, and manage stress in the recovery phase of the assignment.

Tips for Managing and Preventing Stress article available in the SAMHSA store outlines strategies to prevention and management stress in two critical contexts: the organization and the individual.

Wellness Strategies addresses emotional and general health, nutrition and diet, smoking and tobacco use cessation, and stress management

The following is an excerpt from Stress and Burnout: A Prevention Handbook for the Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce, by Natalie Skinner and Anne Roach from National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University: Adelaide, Australia. The full Stress and Burnout handbook can be found Here or through a search request Here.
A range of strategies can be used to maintain good physical health, including maintaining good nutrition, “time-out” and relaxation breaks, and physical exercise. Regular physical exercise is one of the most effective strategies to reduce the negative effects of stress (e.g., depression, anxiety).[1] It may also be beneficial to reduce health-compromising behaviors (e.g., excessive caffeine intake may increase feelings of anxiety and tension). 

Additional Resources

Resources for wellness for both the employer and organization have been captured in the Wellness Resources [2.10.3.c.1] document.

[1] Schaufeli, W. B., & Enzmann, D. (1998). The burnout companion to study and practice: A critical analysis. London: Taylor & Francis.

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