Research suggests that nearly 80% of chronic diseases may be related to professional, personal, environmental, and lifestyle stressors. An estimated 75% to 90% of patient visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related issues. Work-related stress is believed to significantly influence mental, emotional, and physical problems like heart disease, weakened immune response, and musculoskeletal disorders.1
UPMC WorkPartners' MyHealth stress management programs are designed to help employees become “stress resilient” and avoid the negative effects that accompany extreme or chronic stress.
These programs encourage employees to build support networks. They teach valuable skills for better managing daily stress, getting their life in balance, improving their mood, and enjoying their work and leisure time more. Participants learn and practice a variety of techniques for reducing the negative effects of stress on the mind and body. They also learn how to combat stress with physical activity, relaxation techniques, humor, problem solving, mindfulness, and positive thinking.
These behavior-based methods help employees discover a healthy mind-body connection and develop strategies for striking a positive balance between work responsibilities and personal challenges. Our programs and services include:
MyHealth Less StressTM. Series of six health coaching sessions that teach behavior-based methods to help employees cope with and reduce stress.
Find RELIEF. Six-week workplace campaign that provides employees with practical tools and strategies to successfully manage stress.
Beating the Blues USTM. Online cognitive behavioral health program for depression, anxiety, tension, and stress.
Coach on CallTM. Health coaching via phone for stress management tips and guidance.
Self-directed programs. Online or workbook-based stress management programs with health coach telephone support.
MyHealth Stress Management At Work
UPMC WorkPartners' MyHealth stress management programs produce positive results. Research suggests that these positive changes are associated with decreased risk for cardiac events, decreased risk for all-cause mortality, and improved overall quality of life.
Among program participants responding to follow-up questions:
- 33.3% showed a reduction in perceived stress levels.
- 17.4 % saw improvement in overall optimism.
- 17.6% saw a decrease in hostile negative thoughts.
- 99% were satisfied with our overall program.
Participants in the MyHealth Less Stress program report that they are less stressed and more optimistic, have fewer negative thoughts, and feel better about their overall health.