Nurses Cut Stress 40% With Relaxation Steps At Work

Ohio State study shows dramatic stress reduction among ICU nurses

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Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center were able to cut stress levels in ICU workers by 40 percent by teaching on-the-spot relaxation techniques. Experts say simple strategies like taking a walk, stretching at your workstation and doing gentle yoga moves could not only cut down on stress, but may help prevent worker burnout. See how their program changed the lives and routines of workers in a high-stress environment like a surgical intensive care unit: bit.ly/1ce0i10

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)  May 2015 – More than 40 percent of Americans say their job is “very” or “extremely” stressful, which not only costs our economy billions of dollars each year, it also takes a significant toll on our health.

“People are getting sick. They have headaches, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety and depression. In fact, a million people a day in America don’t go to work because they’re too stressed out,” said Maryanna Klatt, PhD, an associate professor of clinical family medicine atThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “We hear a lot about burnout and stress, but nobody gives us coping strategies for the problem,” she said.

To see if she could help reduce on-the-job stress, Klatt studied employees in one of the most stressful work environments anywhere – the surgical intensive care unit at a major medical center. There, she trained nurses to do some simple techniques to manage stress on the spot. After eight weeks, she analyzed their saliva and found that a chemical related to stress had been reduced 40 percent.

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Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have found that training employees how to better manage high-pressure situations can lower stress levels considerably and reduce job burnout. For eight weeks, experts trained workers in a surgical intensive care unit how to use relaxation techniques to deal with on-the-job stress, and saw a dramatic improvement. Details on the study here: bit.ly/1ce0i10

It`s estimated that one million people a day miss work in the United States because they`re too stressed out. To help lower stress in the workplace, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a study with staff members in a surgical intensive care unit (ICU). They found that a few simple on-the-job relaxation techniques cut stress levels by 40 percent and lowered the risk of burnout. Details: bit.ly/1ce0i10

A recent study found that a few simple relaxation techniques could be highly effective in high-stress jobs, like working in a surgical intensive care unit. Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center spent eight weeks teaching employees in the ICU some on-the-job techniques to help manage high-pressure situations and were able to cut their stress levels by 40 percent. Details: bit.ly/1ce0i10

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center were able to reduce stress levels of surgical intensive care unit employees by 40 percent by teaching them on-the-spot relaxation techniques. Experts say simple strategies like taking a walk, stretching at your workstation and doing gentle yoga moves could not only cut down on stress, but may help prevent employee burnout. See how their program changed the lives and routines of these employees in a high-stress environment: bit.ly/1ce0i10