Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Expert recommends addressing work stress to avoid health effects

Recognize and attend to work stress are key factors to prevent this situation from affecting the health of workers, since the so-called burnout has increased in recent years, an expert on the subject said this Sunday.

“When a person is trapped In burnout syndrome, your brain works much worse, you have less mental clarity, you make worse decisions, you are less creative, and your entrepreneurial spirit is paralyzed, which is why it is so important to understand the roots of this form of stress and find solutions.” the doctor told EFE Mario Alonso Puig.

After his participation in the “EXMA Holistic” in Mexico City, an event in which the subject was addressed, the leadership specialist, health and well-being explained that work stress is a very important cause of illness.

“It is also associated with cadres of anxiety and depression,” he argued.

He Burnout syndrome” it was described in the 1970s; however, it was in 2022 when the World Health Organization recognized it as a suffering. It arose as a response to stress caused by work overload or a bad environment at work, the expert stressed.

In addition, he explained that although it was a condition that already existed prior to the pandemic due to covid-19, confinement, coupled with the time of isolationfear of contagion, deaths caused by the virus and the economic situation, among other factors, increased the rates of this condition.

Data from Mexican Institute Social Security (IMSS) indicate that, prior to the pandemic, Mexico was already one of the countries with the highest fatigue due to work stress.

At least 75% of your workers suffered from this condition, exceeding the levels of China (73%) and the United States (59%).

“In general it has been very hard this pandemic for the majority of the population. All the chronic stress that already existed in society before the pandemic has been increased, It has intensified,” he said.


Puig explained that although at first the “burnout” syndrome was more associated with staff of health considering that he is exposed to exhaustive days, it has now been recognized that this phenomenon does not occur only in this field.

“He problem it is that very few institutions really want to know the magnitude of the problem. Some hospitals do have statistics, because the doctors they are subjected to a brutal workload, but without a doubt, this situation occurs in all sectors”, he pointed out.

However, despite the fact that in recent years and, especially due to the pandemic, this affectation has been recognized, work is still needed to address this problem, since the institutions consider the mental health of their workers as an expense and not an investment.

However, he stressed, it is important that they address companiespoliticians and institutions.

In addition, he said, it is paramount to recognize the importance of attention to mental health, talk about it and offer accompaniment in decision-making decisionsorganization of work and personal time, and relationship management in search of a better quality of life.

He recommended encouraging the self care and healthy habits such as exercising, eating well, establishing schedules, resting adequately, using breathing and relaxation, recognize emotions, perform some activity artistic or meditation and, mainly, attending psychological therapy, which provides support and emotional containment.

In addition to Puig, EXMA Holistic included internationally renowned specialists such as Robin Sharma, author of the book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”, as well as Vishen Lakhiani, creator of “MindValley”, as well as Mario Alonso Puig, an expert in mindfulness.


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