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Health promotion at the Faculty of Economics: Let pressure cookers stay in the kitchen

18.03.2019Comments are closed.

In the framework of the Workplace Health Promotion programme, the employees of the Faculty of Economics were invited to a lecture held on Tuesday, 12 March 2019, entitled “How to cope with work-related psychological stress”. The lecture was part of the endeavours of Nataša Mulec, MSc, Manager of the Health Promotion Project, the aim of which is to facilitate the Faculty of Economics’ efforts to help its employees maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve their well-being. This time the employees listened to some useful pieces of advice from Dr Špela Hvalec, Specialist in Clinic Psychology and Behavioural-Cognitive Psychotherapist, who presented different types of stressors and explained various ways people respond to them.

Although they might have wanted it, the participants did not get all the solutions to their problems. There is no such thing as a simple solution against stress. Nevertheless, those present learnt that stress is not always our enemy. Even more, a certain degree of stress is even desired. As the lecturer said, an insufficiently stressful environment can also be extremely stressful. “People need a certain amount of stress. That is when we are most efficient.”

The fact is that today stress is undoubtedly a source of great distress for people in all professions. Dr Hvalec warns that we can never really overcome stress. But what we can do is try to recognise our responses to stress and manage them. Recognising those stimuli that affect us most negatively is already the first step to improve our ability to cope with stress. In that way we can avoid the situations where our emotions boil like a “pressure cooker”.

Stress management is a process. We have to train our behavioural responses. Therefore, Dr Hvalec recommends – more than reading all sorts of self-help books on stress management – choosing only two or three pieces of advice that we get from books and then follow them consistently for at least one month. Only by working on ourselves can we improve our own interpretation of stressful situations. “Feeling good is like a mosaic. We do not need all the pieces but only a number of them that can constitute a whole.”

Katja Mencigar, EFnews

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