Internet programmes can reduce stress

Internet-based stress management programmes effectively reduce stress, newly-released research has found.

A study of 300 participants who took an online stress-busting course show using the techniques has a substantial positive impact on the wellbeing of those who utilised the tool regularly over a period of eight weeks.

In addition, investigators from Cleveland Clinic provided subjects with complimentary therapies, including relaxation materials and stress assessments.

Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the clinic, said the findings show employers the importance of managing employee stress levels and how effective simple online courses can be in combating workplace mental health issues.

Chartered psychologist at the British Psychological Society Dr Martin Bamber said: “Internet-based stress management programmes are an illustration of the creative use of modern technology to alleviate suffering in potentially large numbers of people suffering from stress.”

Dr Bamber also said the increasing use of these programmes would help workers who feel they cannot talk about their problems in a face-to-face meeting.

Many employers are taking workplace stress seriously enough to invest in therapy and counselling as part of their employee benefits programmes.

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