Stress Management Consulting Certification Article on Stress and Different Personalities

Stress can manifest from many things.  It can manifest from situations but also from relationships.  Relationships can range from work to home to personal to romantic.  Whenever people exist, the chance for conflict can exist.  Conflict in itself is not bad but can become stressful when not properly resolved.  Individuals need to learn about each other to reduce potential stress and infighting from differences and conflict.

Different personalities in any relationship can create conflict. It is important to see the value of conflict in better resolutions and not allow stress and disagreement to cause damage to relationships

 

Personality A and Personality B in themselves can cause issues but if we look deeper, we can find more indepth differences between people that result in conflict.  People are different at large scales and when these differences in values or expressions manifest at work or in a relationship, they can produce conflict.  In properly understanding other people and seeking to find solutions and compromises through questions, one can better resolve conflicts and produce beneficial results from them.

Karl Jung looked at differences in people as a source of stress from four conflicting personality traits.

The first was between extroverts and introverts.  Extroverts naturally are more outgoing.   They seek to meet new people, surround themselves with others socially and partake in activities.  They are quicker to move and respond.  Introverts on the contrary are less outgoing.  They find discomfort being around multiple people and seek to avoid festivities.  Introverts find more joy alone.  They move more slowly.   With 75 percent of the population extrovert, there is less chance to come into contact with introverts but it does occur.  At work, extroverts and introverts can find conflict in how their personalities seek to resolve issues.  Extroverts can reduce stress with introverts by encouraging them, while introverts can slow extroverts down through questioning.

Thinking or feeling? Which one do you utilize more in problem resolution?

 

The second preference is intuitive people and sensing people.  Sensing people approach problems more analytically and search for facts before making decisions, while intuitive people relay on gut feelings.  Sensing people systematically approach a situation while intuitive people may jump from place to place.  The conflict is very understandable.  75 percent of the population is sensing, while 25 percent is intuitive.   Both personalities need to see the merit of each other to solve the problem as a whole.

Different personalities react differently to conflict. It is important to know what personality traits you possess

 

The third preference is judging and perceiving.  Judging people are very objective while perceiving individuals are very subjective.  Judging individuals will have a set plan while perceiving are more flexible and adaptable.  Judging personalities wish to complete tasks and move on, while perceived personalities do not like to be rushed.  This flexible and inflexible conflict can lead to stress unless both parties seek common ground and understanding.

The fourth preference is thinking and feeling.  Many individuals make decisions based logical decision making instead of making decisions based on feelings.  Emotions are critical in processing a decision for a feeler, while logic is more important for a thinker.  Most men are thinkers and most women are feelers.  Thinkers tackle situations with the term, “I think we should…” while feelers approach problems with the term “I feel we should…”  While thinkers are cut off from feeling which is important, many feelers are stressed when making decisions due to immense emotion.

When looking for conflict resolution with less stress and great productivity, it is important that one identifies differences in people.  If one can understand their own personality traits and that of whom they are working with, then conflict has a greater chance to be resolved.  When one does not identify, then conflict has a greater chance of leading to stress and more problems.

Many individuals enter into conflict with more emotion than logic and set values.  Sometimes the values or perceived sense of rules are even greater than the issue itself.  It is important to understand each other and not allow extreme emotional responses to overtake.

It is far more than merely identifying differences of personality but also creating a integrative plan to find resolution.  This involves four facets.

First, a healthy relationship must be established.  This relationship must set ground rules and establish guidelines.

Second, there needs to be a clear statement of how each party feels.

Third, common goals must be established

Finally, a determination of range of alternatives and compromises must be established between the two parties.

Conflict can go either way but by establishing these guidelines, resolution has a far greater chance of success.  Sometimes, however, no matter how hard we try, conflict cannot be resolved.  Difficult and uncompromising people exist. When identifying difficult people, it is important to have a support group that you can trust and never stop working within your values.  When one realizes they are dealing with the difficult personality, it is best to avoid confrontation and when forced to work with such an individual to pose more questions to them than declarative statements.

Conflict resolution requires common ground and mutual understanding of each other.

Ultimately, balance is key in everything.  If one discovers they are too extrovert, they may wish to work on incorporating some introvert values, or if one is to rigid and judging, they may wish to balance that with more flexibility from time to time.  Balance within oneself creates harmony but when working with others who value differently, we should sometimes try to see them as the balance we may need to make a better decision.

If you would like to learn more about Stress Management or would like to become a certified Stress Management Consultant then please review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Certification Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study for qualified professionals seeking to learn more in this important field of Stress Management.

To learn more about managing stress and reducing conflict, please review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Certification

 

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Stress Management Consulting Certification Article on Type A Stress Job Outline

The workplace itself is a great source of stress.  The workplace has the ability to turn Type B personalities into Type A personalities.  Workplaces that are more competitive, stressful, intensely quota oriented, and with poor management, can lead to high level of stress and stress related deaths.

Workplace stress is a big killer among many Americans.

 

Some workplaces are far more peaceful but work itself must have some level of stress.  It is essential to have goals and meet certain standards, but without moderation, stress and anxiety can emerge.  It is important to be balanced but unfortunately, it is difficult to find the perfect career that is balanced.  In some cases, they can be found, but ultimately, many deal with some types of stress in the workplace.  Whether its the workload, dissatisfaction, management, or inter personal relations, stress can quickly overload into family and personal life.

Type A workplace environments are best listed with these qualities.  First, tasks are either extremely overloading or not enough.  Second, goals are unclear or even unrealistic to achieve.  Third, one’s career can be blocked towards future advancement or self fulfillment.  Finally, the hierarchy or management may seem unresponsive in meeting the needs of employees. (1)   A Type B workplace on other hand has clear priorities and no worker ambiguity.  Goals are clear and one’s career can develop and advance.  Finally, management is responsive to needs of employees.

Work overload is one of the biggest issues of stress.  It has the potential to kill yet individuals with this type of “battle fatigue” slug forward without noticing the mental and physical tear.  These individuals work longer than 40 hours a week, bring work home with them, and find little time for relaxation.

Work overload is a key issue in many type A careers. Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Program

 

Goals are also a source of stress.  Sometimes in workplaces, goals are so far fetched or unclear that they are impossible to meet.  The goals may be unable to be met due to lack of proper training, or due to lack of time.  It is important to reduce stress that management defines objectives in a clear way and enables their team to meet those objectives with proper training or appropriate time.

Careers without meaning can also become a source of stress.  While everyone at some point has worked a meaningless job from time to time, no greater stress can be found when one works a meaningless job for a long period of time with no end in sight.    A person’s career or lack of career can become a huge source of anxiety and stress.  As one hits middle age, one looks to see where they are going and where they have been.  When one does not meet his or her expectations, then stress can set it.

One needs to identify dead end jobs or careers and see how change can be implemented.  Is the dead-end due to to the organization itself? Is it due to one’s lack of involvement within the organization?  Essentially, what is the source of one’s lack of advancement.  Is it the employee or the company?  Furthermore, one can look outside of the company to meet needs through hobbies, as well as volunteer programs or education.

Unrealistic goals without the proper amount of time or training can be a great source of stress for employees. Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Certification

 

How management responds to the needs of their employees is also key.  Some management teams and organizations are bureaucratic and apply rules and regulations over common sense and oral discussion.  These types of organizations become more impersonal. This creates a divide between the company and employee.

When employees cannot control part of their job or have a reasonable understanding of what to expect, it can negatively affect morale and work performances.  Unresponsive, impersonal and ambiguous management can cause unneeded stress on a workforce and affect output.

Stress Management Consultants are utilized to address these organizational issues for many firms and companies.  Companies in the 21st century are finally realizing that stress not only kills employees and costs them millions of dollars annually on disability, but that it also affects morale and output.  Output can be increased by creating a more Style B company plan. It is essential that employees are treated with dignity and respect.  Not all employees are good people but if companies reduce stress, the reward of output from most employees will outweigh any negatives.

Companies can work within their Human Resource Department and implement various stress management policies to help reduce discontent and increase mental well being.  This in turn can increase output and save cost.  Companies can hire experts in stress management or have their own HR department become certified in stress management techniques that can be utilized in the workplace and also applied to company goals and standards.

Companies need to help employees succeed with better stress management in mind. Stress kills output and companies should seek to limit stress as much as possible for their employees

 

If you would like to learn more about stress management or would like to become certified through AIHCP in Stress Management Consulting, then please review the program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

  1. The Stress Management Sourcebook by J Barton Cunningham (PhD)

Stress Management Consulting Article on Personality A and Stress Characteristics

Stress greatly depends on one’s personality.  Personality plays a key role in how we interpret stressors and how we react to stresses.  Certain characteristics and personalities are more conducive to stress and its ill effects.

Personality A is a type of personality that is more proactive, hyperaggressive, easily frustrated, impatient and assertive.  One can vary within it.  One can be on the higher end or the lower end of it.  The important reality is that one identifies it as a higher stress prone personality and how one responds to these more natural impulses.

Personality A in work or home life is very consumed and competitive in life.  The personality wants to accomplish as much as possible with limited time.  It has a difficult time enjoying accomplishments, but judges them and looks for more.  It finds little time to relax the mind.   It finds competition with others and expects more out of others.  Due to this, is is also prone to quicker frustration, as well as less patience in its everyday dealings.

Personality A is very hyper goal orientated but with balance it can help one be very productive. Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Certification

 

Stemming from this also is a perfectionism that goes beyond doing a good job but looks for impossible levels that cannot be reached.  Due to this, many with Type A Personality are all in and when something goes wrong, they can binge to the opposite extreme.  It also pushes one to overtly dependent on self with little trust upon others.  Internal and external balance for achievement is in flux.

Believe it or not, this may look confident from the outside, but in fact, most Personality A also have low self-esteem.  They need external approval and measure success by completed goals and achievements instead of one’s self.

Many individuals are Type A personality or share in the competitive and sometimes aggressive spirit.  They have impatience and easy frustration and may exhibit lower self esteem deep down, but many are able to identify these impulses and alter them.  They can use the impulses, much like OCD, or even ADHD, and utilize them for the good they create but not allow it to dominate them.  Of course, the more severe the trait, the harder it is to be more relaxed, easier going, but balance is always the key.

Spirituality, a moral compass, and a objective conviction can also ground a personality driven by A.  It can lessen the necessity of materialism and help one focus on the family and the soul.

Noone fits completely in one type of group. One may possess certain characteristics and not others within a personality trait but if one possesses enough traits and feels enough of the trait’s impulses, then one should be aware of it and know what it entails.  In knowing this, one can better cope with one’s natural inclinations and live a more balanced and spiritual life.

Managing stress and having good health is essential to managing a Type Personality A.  One can utilize the good drives that come from it but also manage the excess that can be found it.  Balance is key.

If you would like to learn more about Stress Management Consulting, then please review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

 

Stress Management Consulting Certification Article on Stress Personalities

Stress, as grief, is very subjective.  There are many universal elements to the science of stress but subjective personality traits react differently to stressors.  While certain things may be stressful in nature, they can affect the person differently with greater or lesser stress based on the person.

One of the biggest contributing factors to grief is one’s personality traits in how they react to stress and life itself.  Some individuals by their very nature are more compulsive or anxious or even quick to anger.  Some may be more controlling and combative.   Others may be low energy and very passive and meek.  They may even possess a level of apathy to situations.  They may not care what occurs.

These attributes and qualities of individual personalities are a very important ingredient in understanding stress and one’s ability to cope with stress but also one’s overall health and life span.   Personality A is the more active personality towards stress.  It responds to stress but it can be so in an excessive or moderate ways.  Studies show moderate but active responses to stress are good for health and life.  Individuals who react to stress but in a moderate fashion, respond to stress in an appropriate way.  Stress and issues arise and one needs to react but if one reacts in a measured but productive way, one can handle situations, resolve conflicts and minimize stress damage via controlled emotional response.   The same is true of any moderate responses.  Personality B is a more passive response to stress but again, if moderate it can be a beneficial response system.  It passively resolves the stressful situation again with the appropriate energy and understanding of the situation.

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It when personality A or B enters extremes that one sees negative health and higher mortality rates in people.  Individuals who do not respond to stress at all and exist in apathy have poorer health and shorter lives, while individuals who over react to stress also face negative health risks.  Like everything in life, moderation is key to any response.  Balance in life is critical.  Stress and its many stressors are not necessarily negative things in the temporal world.  Things happen that require change but when one fails to respond to stressors or over react to stressors, then acute and long term chronic poor health can result.

If we are more aggressive or more passive, we need to develop moderation in our personalities to face and deal with stress.  Moderate reactions acknowledge stress and form solutions prevent immediate negative health symptoms to our heart or blood pressure or cardio vascular and digestive systems as well as long term and chronic damage.

Obviously, our personality and how we react is only one of the many elements in stress management.  Exercise, diet, relaxation and interpersonal relations at home and work all play key subjective roles in how one responds to stress, but our personality and how we choose to deal with stress is definitely one of the front line determining factors in how one will live his or her life.

If you would like to learn more about Stress Management or would like to become a certified Stress Management Consultant, then please review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consultant Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

Stress Management Consulting Article on Stress, Work and Death

Stress is usually the unseen enemy.  It be gradual or sudden but overtime, stress can kill.  It can cause problems with the mind, body and soul.  It is important to understand the dangers of stress and how to properly cope.

While stress is very subjective it also has some universal aspects.  A generally accepted definition refers to stress as “universal human (and animal) response resulting from the perception of an intense or distressing experience” (1)  Stress can influence our behavior and responses and our ability to cope and react.  Stress can gain a foothold in one’s life through an event but the event itself is not always universally stressful.  Beyond the stressor itself, one must look at the person’s coping strategies, diet,  exercise, genetic dispositions and daily schedules.  Regardless, if stress is not properly coped with, it can cause a variety of diseases in the body, most notably heart disease.

The leading cause of stress unfortunately comes from work. Better strategies can reduce work stress and save millions to the economy. Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Program

 

With this danger of stress so apparent and modern humanity facing more stress than ever before, it is important to understand where stress originates in our lives.  Ancient man dealt with stress at a basic level.  Hunting, eating, gathering, and flight or fight responses.  These needs were very much connected to the nature of man.  However, humanity in the modern era faces many different types of challenges beyond the basic needs and these needs are rarely faced externally but allowed to internalize due to social norms and work.

Work is one of the biggest sources of stress but having a job is not necessarily the source of negative stress.   One of the biggest issues at the job site is interpersonal relationships.  The inability to deal with these issues leads to multiple problems.  Work place violence is becoming a bigger issue in this nation as stress at work between employees continues to rise.  The inability to properly work with others and deal with issues is a huge source of workplace stress.

In addition, on the job site stress can be related also to the work load.  Work load is not always directly correlated to stress due to subjective reactions, but usually, overwork load can play a role in stress.  Workload can be an issue due to quantity or quality of the work.  Individuals with too much to do in a little time will experience work load stress, while others under trained to perform a task, may feel helplessly lost in fulfilling it.

Other issues can include, micromanagement.  Individuals with less control and freedom to complete a task will experience higher levels of work stress.  This dismisses the myth that higher level positions are more stressful.  The fact is, lower level and moderate level positions have more stress due to a lack of freedom to complete tasks.  Middle managers experience the most stress in being given tasks from higher management and then translating it to the floor workers.

Ultimately, most stress does come from work but it does not have to.  Stress from work will exist at a healthy level but excessive stress is not usually due to the job itself, but more so the inability to work with relative freedom and in a non hostile environment with tasks conducive to skill set and time frame.

Without stress at work, ambition, motivation and completion of tasks would be impossible.  With no stress at all, the mind would fall into disconnect and lack of interest, but it is important to avoid the other extreme where certain issues can lead to panic, anxiety and resentment.  Unfortunately, for most, the natural level of needed stress in one’s life is not present.  In work, it is either a lack of motivation or too much pressure.

In essence, it is not necessarily the job or the career, but the unneeded stresses that come with human interaction with job related tasks.  Work is necessary and work is good but unfortunately it is also a leading cause of many people’s stress due to improper stress management and stress reducing policies in organizations.

How work and career is handled will greatly affect one’s health.  Overworking, like anything in excess, can eventually cause health issues and death.  In addition to over working, how one handles interpersonal drama as well as handling tasks is important to long term health.  If interpersonal drama is minimal, and tasks are correlated with proper alignment of time and professional training, granting some autonomy to the employee, then less stress can be found at one of the leading places of stress.

Yet, stress is not only found in the work place.  Stress is a very personal thing and can affect well beyond the work place but follow one with finances, health, family and loss of loved ones.  These issues can accumulate and over time cause serious health issues.

Stress can be a source from work but also due to family, social, financial and personally losses. Stress can accumulate over time as well

 

Stress kills but it kills over time.  It sends messages to the body to exert certain amounts of energy and hormones to face certain problems.  While this is natural and important to achieve goals, chronic stress and intense situations can in fact hurt the body.  Excessive tear on the body, internally and externally can create issues for the function of the body.  Stress hence internally can affect heart health, cholesterol levels, stroke, as well as affect the body’s immune system through fatigue or tiredness.  It can affect the digestive track, causing intestinal issues, as well as ulcers.  Stress can also cause muscle aches, migraines  and tightness in the muscles.  Stress can also cause an array of emotional responses that can lead to anger, depression or anxiety.  These in turn can lead to bad coping strategies through smoking or drinking and other drug abuse.

Stress overtime can kill. It can combine with numerous genetic, family, work, and social issues that weaken the body over time. Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Program

 

It is no wonder then that stress can kill.

In protecting oneself, no one answer suffices.  One needs to have an overall holistic approach of body, mind and spirit when dealing with stress.  And even then, genetic dispositions of bad health, or places in society or finances can still make it subjectively difficult for one to deal with stress better than the other.  Regardless though, one needs to reduce the level of stress one faces in order to have a longer more healthy life.

 

If you would like to learn more about Stress Management techniques or would like to become Certified Stress Management Consultant, then please review AIHCP’s Stress Management Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

 

  1. The Stress Management Source Book: Everything You Needt o Know” by J. Barton Cunningham, PH.D

Stress Management Consulting Article on How Stress Damages the Self

It is well known stress is a silent killer.  Stress in nature can start disease and death within an organism.  Stress can also gradually erode a human being’s overall health if not controlled or maintained.  Prolong stress is not healthy for the body or mind.

Long term stress can lead to serious health issues. Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Certification

 

The article, “Stress, the silent threat” Michael van Soest explores how stress can damage the body.  He states,

“Studies have shown that one to three adults suffer from the effects of unmanaged stress. Many of us don’t even realize how stressed we actually are; often becoming accustomed to being tense, so we think of it as normal. It damages our health, our work, our relationships. It destroys families, businesses, and lives. It costs companies staggering amounts every year in health costs, absenteeism, and poor performance. In fact, stress built up over a long period can reduce our ability to regenerate, which means less energy and tolerance to combat daily stress.”

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Stress and its negative effects over long term can permeate into every aspect of life.  If not coped with or handled, it can lead to later serious health issues.

Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Certification and see if the program meets your academic and professional goals.

Stress Management Consulting Program Article on Stress Reduction Tips

Stress can make life difficult.  It can prevent productivity, affect emotional and physical health and strain relationships.  It is important to control stress.  There are many ways to learn how to control stress and one needs to find the best methods for oneself

Learning to manage stress can help in all facets of life. Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consultant program

 

The article, “Twelve Tips to Reduce Stress” by Don Doman looks at twelve ways one can reduce stress.  He states,

“Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes”

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Reducing stress is important.  Learning how and reviewing these twelve tips could help reduce stress and help have a more tranquil life.  To learn more about Stress Management, please review AICHP’s Stress Management Consultant Program.  Stress Management Consultants can help others learn to manage stress and have more productive lives.  The program is online, independent study and open enrollment.  It leads to a four year certification in Stress Management

 

 

Stress Management Consulting Program Article and Stress Triggers in Leadership

Triggers can set anyone off. Emotional, financial, social and personal triggers stem from stress and if in the right time and moment can result in a person losing control.  Stress builds up and it is important to control stress by identifying triggers.  This is important for both Stress Management and Anger Management.  They go hand and hand together.

Stress triggers in business life can become overwhelming at times. Please also review our Stress Management Consulting Program

 

The article, “Managing Triggers Under Stress” by Jen Lofgren looks at how executives and other business leaders can handle stress.  She states,

“We all face varying degrees of stress from different sources in our daily lives. As much as we try, we are not always able to prevent the stress in our personal life from affecting our professional life, and vice versa. As you move up in your career into senior management and executive leadership, you may feel added pressures in your role, and the way you deal with stress can have a wider impact on the people around you.”

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Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals.

Stress Management Consulting Program Article on SM Strategies

Reducing and managing stress is a key way to better health and more productivity.  Stress Management Consultants can help individuals face stress and deal with in better ways.  Fortunately there are numerous stress management technique and strategies available for individuals to utilize.

There are a variety of Stress Management Strategies to employ in dealing with stress. Please review the article and also the Stress Management Consulting Program

 

The article, “16 Stress Management Activities and Worksheets to Help Clients Beat Stress” by Jeremy Sutton from the PositivePsychology.com looks at 16 different stress management activities available to individuals to cope with stress.  He states,

“There should be no excuse to hide from stress or become overwhelmed by it.  By using tools for coping and taking control, we can see stress as something natural that can invigorate and motivate us to overcome both the planned and the unexpected. These activities we shared will definitely help you manage stress. ”

Please review the article to learn more about these activities by clicking here

Please also review AIHCP’s Stress Management Consulting Program and see how it matches with your academic and professional goals in becoming a Stress Management Consultant

How Can Swimming Benefit Healthcare Workers?

SWIMMING RACE

Written By Lucy Peters

Healthcare workers face a plethora of physical and mental hazards on a daily basis — including biological hazards, stress, slips and falls at work, and more. They are at a high risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders owing to the handling, positioning, and lifting of patients. A study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care reports that common injuries include sprains and strains, with the most affected body parts including shoulders, the lower back, calves, and hand muscles. Stress is another issue for people working in this profession, with studies showing that the prevalence of workplace stress stands at around 68.2%. There are many exercise programs that can help curb physical and mental stress, with holistic activities such as yoga being particularly strong in terms of boosting mental health. Swimming is another activity that can be useful in terms of boosting physical and mental resilience.

Swimming and Stress

Swimming can help curb stress, as found in a study published in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health. The study focused on the effect of winter swimming on mood, with findings showing that stress and fatigue decreased significantly during the four-month study period, while memory and mood improved. Those who took winter swims reported higher energy and activity than the control group. Swimming also has important physical benefits; participants who had rheumatism, asthma, and fibromyalgia reported that the activity had relieved their pain.

Swimming and Muscular Pain

Nurses and other health professionals who have experienced a painful injury should receive a professional diagnosis and treatment plan, since some injuries benefit from physiotherapy and exercise while others require rest. Generally, swimming is good for the shoulders because it gives muscles a good workout without loading the joints. Many patients with lower back pain are also prescribed swimming as a form of rehabilitation, because of the buoyant force of water. Swimming can also be a good way for those with minor sprains to enjoy a cardiovascular workout, focusing on the upper body. However, as warned by U.S. Masters Swimming’s Linda Foley, in the case of severe sprains, this exercise should be avoided because “The kicking motion puts the ankle in the plantar-flexed (pointed) and inverted position (toe slightly in), which places more direct pressure on the already sprained ligament.” The effect can be delayed healing.

The Importance of Correct Form

Health workers who are keen on trying out this activity should learn basic swimming skills under the guidance of a trainer or swimming instructor. They should take things slowly, focusing on proper technique. They can start with half an hour sessions around three times a week, making sure that their stroke and positioning is right. This is because poor technique can strain muscles and/or make small injuries worse.

Swimming and Obesity

Obesity prevalence is high across all professions in the U.S., including nurses (25.1%) and other healthcare professionals (14.4%). In a study by R. Kyle et al., researchers insist that this is a cause of concern because obesity “increases the risks of musculoskeletal conditions and mental health conditions that are the main causes of sickness absence in health services.” Swimming not only burns calories but also works out more of the body’s major muscle groups than other types of exercise. When running or cycling, for instance, people mainly work out their legs. Swimming involves not only the leg muscles but also the arms, chest, and core. Thus, those who swim assiduously boast excellent muscular development in the upper body.

Nurses and other health workers face specific risks, including stress and musculoskeletal injuries. Swimming can help them in many ways, by battling stress, playing a role in rehabilitation, and helping to strengthen muscles. This popular activity is also ideal for those wishing to lose weight and develop the muscles in their upper body.