The Human Coronavirus Covid-19 has caused more than 1 million reported deaths in less than a year. Aside from the death toll, the pandemic has triggered significant emotional, physical, and economic problems around the world.
COVID-19 has already led to diverse mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other trauma- and stress-related disorders. Different groups have met the qualifying criteria for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) according to DSM-5 as a result of the pandemic: those who have themselves suffered from serious COVID-19 illness and potential death; individuals who, as family members and health care workers, have witnessed others’ suffering and death; individuals who have learned about the death or risk of death of a family member or friend due to the virus.
Other international studies have examined stress responses in health care workers treating patients with COVID-19. A study of 900 health professionals caring for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Singapore and India found relatively low symptoms of anxiety (15.7%), depression (10.6%), and stress (5.2%).3 However, among health care workers reporting these issues, more than half had symptoms in the moderate to extremely severe range. In addition, 67% of respondents reported physical symptoms, especially headache, lethargy, anxiety, and insomnia, suggesting somatic expressions of distress.
Gender was found to be associated with stress and anxiety levels, with more females experiencing mild stress and anxiety compared to males. However, Factors such as transfers to COVID-19 front liner units, sleep disturbances, having children at home, and respondents’ marital status were also shown to be related to stress, anxiety, and depression levels of healthcare workers in the present.
According to the Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace survey in 2017 – Companies in Malaysia have the second highest number of days lost in terms of work time per employee per year compared to their peers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, The survey findings placed Malaysia after Hong Kong, with a total of 67 days lost per employee per year. It has stated that 40-50% of job turnover is due to stress, which leads to work life in balance and poor time management, absenteeism, presenteeism, low work productivity, procrastination, low self-esteem and an overall deterioration of employee well-being and health.
- Managing Work-Life balance
- Understand different theories/models of stress
- Understanding the post traumatic effects of the pandemic
- Identifying the post-traumatic stress signals and symptoms
- Mapping the causes and effects of stress (stressors verses stresses)
- Evaluating your stress levels (low, moderate and high) and dealing with stress positively
- Evaluating ones individual stress coping ability
- Learn about the sources and recognizing the symptoms of different types of stress
- To learn about the 'Stress Response' and the underlying mechanisms to it
- Understanding the importance of healthy eating and nutrition in reducing the stress hormones in the body
- Identifying the causes of stress in the work place
- Identifying the skills required to manage the workload and to cope with stress
- Stress Management techniques that will help you to overcome stress
- Life style changes that will help reduce daily stress
- Learning skills that will help generate higher returns and performance for the company
- To establish the relationship between lower stress with higher ROI
Managers, Supervisors, Administrators, Support Staff, Customer Service Staff, front-liners and healthcare workers who are working in high-pressure, medium pressure environments, where, stress is affecting their performance and health. It would definitely be a useful program for any individual who need to manage his/her stressors and post-traumatic stress syndrome due to Covid-19.