Considering the stressful condition in health related institutions, many research have been made to find solution or approaches to the problem encountered by health professionals particularly nurses and care givers. In her review, Griffiths made use of different journal articles dealing with stress in the workplace that she analyzed trying to gauge their reliability and validity using the data presented in each research. Though she personally concluded that the studies conducted were not reliable considering the diversity of “intervention and measurement instruments” (p. 12), the findings of these studies are highly significant to conclude that both personnel support intervention and environmental management intervention are effective in reducing stress experienced by nursing professionals.
The Personnel support interventions
Given the analyses above, I support the stress reduction technique developed by Taylor (1991) using an exercise and music program to reduce the level of stress. There is no doubt that physical exercise provides health benefits such as reducing the risk of contracting diseases including high blood pressure and heart disease. Various researches tell us that physical exercise even helps cope with stress effectively as well as other physical ailments and give a good feeling and enjoyment that come from movement. On the other hand, music therapy is not new because there are various studies confirming that listening to good music help ease the pain or the stress. Just like exercise, various researches on the benefits of listening to good music confirm that music relaxes a person and reduces the level of stress.
The finding of the examination of exercise and music as treatment to reduce stress is highly believable. Findings revealed that those who did exercise and those who listened to music, “reduced stress was observed” (Griffiths 2009, p. 12). In other words, physical exercise and listening to good music are no doubt effective in reducing stress. It was, thus, not surprising at all to know about these benefits of physical exercise and listening to music in the stress reduction efforts.
Another technique which was found to beneficial in reducing stress is the effect of humor and a relaxation program developed by Kwandt (1992). According to Griffiths, the effect of humor and a relaxation program was tested. Griffiths noted that both humor and relaxation program yielded a high score in the reduction of stress (p. 12). This is not surprising because there are a number of literature and researches which claims laughter as a good medicine. Humor and laughter go together and evidently, humorous people are more active and fresh looking than those are stressful people. Humor relaxes our mind and our emotion and caused us to laugh. I therefore support this argument.
Griffiths, C.M. (2009) The Effectiveness of Current Approaches to Workplace Stress Management in the Nursing Profession: An Evidence Based Literature Review Occup. Environ. Med. Pp. 11-13