Caymanians for Caymanians (CfC)

October 9, 2009

Harassment

Filed under: An Aid for Stress — CfC Unity @ 8:01 PM

Many people are harming themselves and others unintentionally, and intentionally, and the reasons are psychological. This Post was created so that people can learn about this topic and can then take preventive measures that will result in a safer, healthier, and productive working  environment. Please read this section regularly because changes will be made on a daily basis.

HARASSMENT

Many victims of harassment suffer from physical ailments, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, stress, fatigue, depressive states, burn outs, and in some cases suicide. Many are unable to continue working and suffer financial loss. In some cases the causes are over work, unrealistic work demands, withholding information and resources, arbitrary removal of responsibilities, public humiliation, consistent over time, lack of professional autonomy, favouritism and nepotism, excessive competitive work environment, disorganized working conditions, ambiguous tasks or contradictory tasks, tasks that are deprived of purpose, constant threats of dismissal, leadership styles, lack of communication, and intimidation.

One tactic is to attack or upset, emotional or mood change, the victim early in the day or morning. This can set the mood or have a lasting effect throughout the day. Another tactic is to attack or upset the victim late in the work day on Fridays just before a restful weekend. This has the effect of causing the victim to think or worry, anxiety, about the attack or event throughout the weekend.

Ways of reducing stress, and help maintain good mental health.

Always stay calm and speak to others in a positive and respectful manner.

Physical exercise helps with stress, anxiety, and depression:
Physical exercise releases chemicals that can help counter the effects of stress and depression. Short (20 minutes) time efficient and high intensity interval training on a tread mill can help and can also be repeated daily. To be able to repeat this training daily the key is not to over exert yourself in one training session. Keep it short and intense so that you are able to recover quickly. This counters the effects of the stress hormone, releasing chemicals, burning the adrenaline and cortisol, pushing blood to the brain, and returning the body to a relaxed state. You should always warm-up the body and heart before intense exercise.

Laughter is great medicine:
Laughter releases chemicals, endorphins, in your brain that can help with stress and depression and many people advocate laughter therapy. It also lowers the stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. The simple act of smiling releases good chemicals.

Get a therapeutic massage:
A therapeutic massage stimulates the skin and releases chemicals in your brain, linked to affection, that can help with stress and depression. (massage therapy and touch therapy)

Nutrition:
Food and supplements that are rich in anti-oxidants can help reduce oxidative stress and the effects of stress on the brain and body.

Take a hot bath with scented oils.
Taking a hot bath and adding scented oils (Aromatherapy) before bed time also relaxes you and your body and should help you sleep better.

*Note: If you are being harassed in your work place please email us immediately at: gps@candw.ky we will begin to take steps together to remedy the situation in a way that will protect your position.

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1 Comment »

  1. Employers should provide a stress-free work environment, recognise where stress is becoming a problem for staff, and take action to reduce stress. Stress in the workplace reduces productivity, increases management pressures, and makes people ill in many ways, evidence of which is still increasing. Workplace stress affects the performance of the brain, including functions of work performance; memory, concentration, and learning. In the UK over 13 million working days are lost every year because of stress. Stress is believed to trigger 70% of visits to doctors, and 85% of serious illnesses (UK HSE stress statistics). Stress at work also provides a serious risk of litigation for all employers and organisations, carrying significant liabilities for damages, bad publicity and loss of reputation. Dealing with stress-related claims also consumes vast amounts of management time. So, there are clearly strong economic and financial reasons for organisations to manage and reduce stress at work, aside from the obvious humanitarian and ethical considerations.

    Comment by CfC Unity — October 20, 2009 @ 10:55 AM | Reply


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