Stress management involves ways in which one combats or solves issues that affect them psychologically. Healthcare workers may timely be affected by stress because of the nature of their work (Phillips & Becker, 2019). Additionally, patients also get stressed due to the levels of ailment and the feasibility of recovering from a given disease. The first benefit of stress management is that it enables strong organizational culture. Healthier nurses and doctors can perform their duties effectively and have mind of positivity which gives them the energy to offer clinical services to patients. The second benefit is that healthcare workers will not be absent due to sickness, thus, fewer sick days enable the organization to boost the objectives in the delivery of clinical services (Phillips & Becker, 2019). When stress management is done effectively, patients will receive exemplary services from nurses and doctors and contribute to their well-being. The other benefit of stress management is that the program allows an organization to show care for employees and patients through health interventions. When such metrics are offered, there is the aspect of giving value to nurses and doctors, hence avoiding employee turnover.
There are some barriers to effective stress management for healthcare workers. First, if the organization has many patients, nurses and doctors will be notably busy and lack time to implement the strategies. Second, a lack of motivation may hinder the efficacy of stress management (Banerjee et al., 2017). If the healthcare workers have the perception that the company’s culture will not change for the better, they will be reluctant to have a keen adherence to stress management strategies. Additionally, the body may not physically handle stress depending on age, background, and status (Buizza et al., 2020). Therefore, some nurses and doctors may be tied to difficult lifestyles such as violent spouses hence, becoming difficult to manage stress.
Techniques Used to Manage my Stress
From my experience, I have been doing a raft of tasks to ensure I am not negatively affected by stress. First, I practice the deep breathing method, which acts as a reliever whenever I encounter a challenging issue in my mind. Second, I have been doing exercises such as running in the morning and doing press-ups to restart my mind and remove stress. Additionally, I have made a habit of connecting with my colleagues to interact with them, which keeps my mind active on fun and discussions to avoid self-contemplation. I use these strategies at least twice in three days. Some of the benefits that I have attained from doing that are relief from headaches, fever, and other complications that indicate psychological torture. Also, I have improved in my line of work as I can carefully coordinate activities, avoiding personal or group liabilities.
Culture and Personal Values on Medical Practices
Culture is the way of living determined by various factors such as education and religion. For example, if one grows from a background where the community believes medicine is harmful, one might be reluctant to use it when necessary (Dimitrelis et al., 2017). Additionally, some religious faiths do not allow clinical procedures on one’s body. If a person is exposed and learned, they will understand the right drug to take and the possible measures to take when one is feeling ill (Dimitrelis et al., 2017). Therefore, the aspect in which a person’s life is linked usually influences how they take complementary and alternative medical practices.
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