by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
I have a Workplace Wellness Survey on Survey Monkey where I’m asking people about stress.
Because April is National Stress Awareness Month, I thought I’d analyze the results of my survey, which has been active since 2013, though I haven’t managed to collect that many responses. Although I don’t claim that this is a scientifically-accurate survey, I still think it has some merit.
Most people report that they are experiencing varying degrees of the following symptoms of stress:
- Headaches / Migraines
- Muscle Tightness/ Back Ache/ Stiff Neck
- Insomnia or Sleeping Too Much
- Sleep is Disturbed or Unrefreshing / Nightmares
- Lack of Concentration / Fatigue / Lethargy
- Proneness to Errors
- Acne Breakouts
- Nail Biting / Hair Chewing
- Significant Hair Loss
- Depression / Anxiety
- Anger / Resentment
- On the Verge of Crying / Can’t Stop Crying
- Confusion / Memory Loss
- Desire to “Run Away”
- Chain Cigarette Smoking
- Drinking too much Alcohol / Drinking Alone / Abusing Drugs
- Poor Judgement
- Menstrual Irregularities
- Overeating / Under-eating
- Diarrhea / Constipation / Nausea
- Rapid Weight Gain / Weight Loss
- Swearing / Irritability / Impatience
- Feeling Overwhelmed
- No Sense of Enjoyment / No Sense of Humour
- Problems in Relationships
- Reckless Behaviour
- Often Get a Cold / the Flu / Allergies
- Accident Proneness / Clumsiness
By the way, the symptom of Muscle Tightness, Back Ache, and Stiff Neck appears to be the most common for this group.
I’m noticing that most people, including me, tolerate their stress symptoms and keep going as if “not feeling great” is normal. It’s like we’re used to our headaches and sleepless nights and allergies and tense relationships and irritability and however else stress shows up for us. It’s just the same old, same old stress everyday.
I understand that kind of stress, but for some people, their stress has escalated into more serious circumstances. Let me direct you to question #4.
Q4: Have you suffered from a stress-related illness within the last 1 to 2 years and have missed work as a result?
I am truly surprised that out of the 27 responses to this question so far, 13 people said “Yes,” they have missed work in the last 1 to 2 years because of a stress-related illness, while 14 said “No.”
Let me repeat that:
Survey Says 48% Have Missed Work Because Of Stress-Related Illness.
That’s right, almost half of the people surveyed have missed work because of an illness that resulted from chronic stress. I think that’s significant.
It sounds to me that going on stress leave is fairly common.
How would you answer that question? You’re welcome to add your two cents and fill out the 10-question, Workplace Wellness Survey on Survey Monkey any time.
In the survey, I also ask, “In your opinion, in the last 5 years, has stress in the workplace decreased, stayed the same, increased, or you haven’t noticed one way or the other.” In this case, 50% of the respondents feel or perceive that stress has increased in the workplace over the last five years.
It seems to me that stress is running rampant in the workplace. What does that say about our culture, about our economy? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
In the meantime, if you’re noticing how stress is affecting your own health and/or your bottom line and you want to do something about it, please contact me, Maria. I might be able to help you.
As a coach, healer, and author, I show people who are struggling with stress, how to relax and have peace of mind and I’d be happy to assist with your Workplace Wellness Program. We have options!
Option 1: Chair Massages
- relief from muscle tension;
- lower levels of the stress hormone, “cortisol;”
- less stress and fatigue;
- increased mental alertness;
- improved creative problem solving skills; and
- fewer sick days
Option 2: Have an Office Spa Party
As a mobile spa, Homespunspa can provide mini spa services in the workplace. We offer mini mani’s, mini pedi’s, mini facials, mini massages, and more. Each service lasts around 30 minutes so everyone can have a turn, and you can mix and match the services however you like. Although the spa treatments are very relaxing, our clients say they go back to work feeling more refreshed and energized. Happy and relaxed employees are productive employees.
Option 3: Read my Creating Wellness Ebook
In 2015, I wrote an ebook called, Creating Wellness.
I wrote Creating Wellness because I believe many illnesses are preventable and it all comes down to a person’s ability to relax. I’ve observed that high levels of stress are lurking behind the scenes of many illnesses and managing stress is a big piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle.
Creating Wellness is a quick read, has lots of cheery photos, and contains some practical tips on how to relax and manage stress, including Mindfulness and Wellness Coaching.
I can certainly create a talk or program around my Creating Wellness ebook and we can use the ebook as a supporting document and bonus for participating in your Workplace Wellness Program.
By offering the Creating Wellness ebook as a gift to your staff, the ebook can be a tangible take-away for the participants in your Workplace Wellness Program that they can refer to for life. Amazon has a handy feature called “Give as a Gift” which you can use to send someone a Kindle ebook via email, which will include a redemption code.
Option 4: Hire a Wellness Coach for your Staff
Coaching allows us to become the best version of ourselves and gives each member of the team, the power to make the best decisions for themselves and the people they work for. It’s also a safe place for people to express themselves which is highly restorative.
With my thoughtful questions and active listening skills, I’ll help staff members, either in a group or one to one,
- get clarity about where they’re heading,
- uncover what matters most to them so they focus more on their goals and not distractions,
- clear out the blocks that may be in the way,
- get to a place of acceptance,
- become more self-aware,
- trust their intuition, and
- take action steps,
- so they feel OK, safe, enough, and above all, empowered to move forward.
Ultimately, I will deliver results including fewer requests for stress leave.
Let me know by email at homespunspa at shaw dot ca if you think your staff and clients might find the topic of stress management and self-care interesting and I’d be happy to give a talk, bring my crew to provide mobile spa services, and offer my wellness coaching services. And even if you don’t live in Victoria, BC, that’s OK, we’re mobile, we travel!
I’m open to hearing your ideas and to design a program that will be of value to you and your staff. Let’s work together to take stress and drudgery out of the workplace.