ArPA Press Release: Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Labor Day Holiday

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Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Labor Day Holiday

Arkansas Psychologists Propose Tactics for Managing Work Stress

Little Rock, Arkansas, September 2, 2015 — In today’s busy world Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off from the demands of the workplace and find time to manage their stress. This year, many Americans will spend Labor Day either working or worrying about work.

Sixty percent of adults report work as a very or somewhat significant source of stress, according to the American Psychological Association’s recent Stress in America survey. The survey also found that one in five Americans say they never engage in an activity to help relieve or manage stress. This Labor Day is the perfect time for employees to start thinking about how they can better manage stress.

According to ArPA President-Elect, Dr. Khiela Holmes, “Labor Day is an excellent time to practice work-life balance. Inviting and actively pursuing balance in our lives is very important for emotional wellness. When we are feeling better and experiencing less stress, we position ourselves to be more productive employees, caregivers, spouses, friends, etc.”

Arkansas psychologists offer these tactics for managing work-related stress:

Know yourself. Be aware of your stress level and know what stresses you out. People experience stress in different ways. You may have a hard time concentrating or making decisions, or you may feel angry, irritable or out of control. Learn your own stress signals.

Turn off and tune in. Communication technology can take you to productivity heights never imagined, but it can also allow work to creep into family time, dinner and vacations. Set rules for yourself, such as turning off your cell phone when you get home or establishing certain times when you return calls. Be sure to communicate those rules to others, so you can manage their expectations.

Take short breaks. Stay energized and productive by taking a minute or two periodically throughout the day to stand up, stretch, breathe deeply and shake off the accumulating tension. Short breaks between tasks can be particularly effective, helping you feel like you’ve wrapped up one thing before moving on to the next. Take a

10-15 minute break every few hours to recharge and avoid the temptation to work through lunch. The productivity you gain will more than make up for the time you spend on break.

Find healthy ways to manage stress. Make an effort to replace unhealthy coping strategies, such as eating junk food, smoking or drinking alcohol with healthy behaviors, like exercise, meditation or talking with friends and family. Keep in mind that unhealthy behaviors develop over time and can be difficult to change. Take it slow and focus on changing one behavior at a time. Some behaviors are very difficult to change and may require the help of a licensed professional such as a psychologist.

Ask for professional support. Accepting help from supportive friends and family can improve your ability to manage stress. Your employer may also have stress management resources available through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including online information, available counseling and referral to mental health professionals, if needed. If you continue to feel overwhelmed by work stress, you may want to talk to a psychologist, who can help you better manage stress and change unhealthy behaviors.

Dr. Holmes encourages readers to “give one or more of these tactics a try during this Labor Day Holiday. Find what works for you!”

To learn more about stress and mind/body health, visit the American Psychological Association at www.apa.org/helpcenter and follow @APAHelpCenter. To find out more about Arkansas Psychological Association visit www.arpapsych.org or www.arpapsych.com and follow @ArPAPsych.

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Founded in 1949, the Arkansas Psychological Association is a statewide, non-for-profit, professional organization whose purpose is to advance psychology as a science, a profession, and a means of promoting human welfare in a challenging and changing world. Our members represent the most well-trained, highly-credentialed, and clinically-experienced mental healthcare professionals in Arkansas. Our members are actively involved in providing psychological services in private practices, hospitals, and community mental health centers. Others teach in undergraduate and graduate academic programs, conduct cutting-edge research, serve in administrative positions for human service programs, and dedicate countless hours as committee members and chairs of various boards on the state, national, and international level. In all these settings, ARPA and its members are committed to expanding the parameters of psychology in Arkansas and @increasing the quality of psychological services within our communities. In an effort to promote the mental and emotional well-being of individuals, families, and society at large, we strive to serve both the public and our membership through educational opportunities, workplace training, networking, and professional development.

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The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than

122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kristin J. Addison-Brown, PhD at 870-203-6085 or email neaneuropsych@gmail.com.