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Work. 2001;17(3):235-245.

Occupational stress, relaxation therapies, exercise and biofeedback.

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Dept of Occupational Therapy, University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069, USA. Tel.: +1 605 677 6582; E-mail:


Occupational stress is a widespread occurrence in the United States. It is a contributing factor to absenteeism, disease, injury and lowered productivity. In general stress management programs in the work place that include relaxation therapies, exercise, and biofeedback have been shown to reduce the physiological symptoms such as hypertension, and increase job satisfaction and job performance. Strategies to implement a successful stress management program include incorporating the coping activities into one's daily schedule, monitoring one's symptoms and stressors, and being realistic in setting up a schedule that is relevant and attainable. A short form of meditation, daily exercise program and the use of heart rate or thermal biofeedback can be helpful to a worker experiencing occupational stress.


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