Friday, 17 January 2020

Unit 14: Stress and Conflict Management

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Unit 14: Stress and Conflict Management

Stress management is the need of the hour.

However hard we try to go beyond a stress situation, our work-life seems to find new ways of stressing us out and plaguing us with anxiety attacks.

Moreover, be it our anxiety, mind-body exhaustion or our erring attitudes, we tend to overlook causes of stress and the conditions triggered by those.

In such unsettling moments we often forget that stressors, if not escapable, are fairly manageable and treatable.

Stress, either quick or constant, can induce risky body-mind disorders.

Immediate disorders such as dizzy spells, anxiety attacks, tension, sleeplessness, nervousness and muscle cramps can all result in chronic health problems.

They may also affect our immune, cardiovascular and nervous systems and lead individuals to habitual addictions, which are inter-linked with stress.

We cope better with stressful situation, when we encounter them voluntarily.

Adopting a humorous view towards life’s situations can take the edge off everyday stressors.

Also, there are techniques like Naturopathy, Medication and Drugs, Lifestyle and Time Management Skills, Relaxation Techniques, etc.

, that make stress management quite easy.

Conflict management refers to the long-term management of intractable conflicts.

A conflict can be internal or external.

Conflict is inevitable and often good.

Getting the most out of diversity means oftencontradictory values, perspectives and opinions.

Conflict helps to raise and address problems, energizes work to be on the most appropriate issues, helps people “be real learn how to recognize and benefit from their differences.

   Conflict is a problem when it hampers productivity, lowers morale, causes more and continued conflicts or results in inappropriate behaviors.

There are many reasons for conflicts.

Similarly, there are many reasons to settle a conflict.

One must try to make only the positive use of a conflict and not vice versa.

Assertive: An assertive style of behavior is to interact with people while standing up for your rights.

Biofeedback: Biofeedback is a process that involves measuring a person’s specific and quantifiable bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, and muscle tension, conveying the information to the patient in real-time.

Compromise: A concept of finding agreement through communication, through a mutual acceptance of terms.

Conflict: Actual or perceived opposition of needs, values and interests.

Distress: A kind of suffering that occurs when an individual cannot adapt to stress.

Negotiation: Negotiation is a dialogue intended to resolve disputes, to produce an agreement upon courses of action, to bargain for individual or collective advantage, or to craft outcomes to satisfy various interests.

Stressor: An agent, condition, or other stimulus that causes stress.

Transcendental Meditation: The Transcendental Meditation or TM technique is a form of mantra meditation used worldwide as a stress management technique.

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