No matter your age, occupation or country of origin — stress affects everyone.
The key is knowing how to cope with it, according to David Milen, Ph.D., assistant professor of Public Health. Milen was recently invited to speak on the topic in front of a team of accountants for RSM China Consulting, the sixth largest global audit, tax and consulting firm located in Shanghai.
In his two-day presentation, “Stress Management,” he discussed the effects of stress in the workplace, personal health and how to manage and minimize stress.
“Stress can affect daily work in aspects of failing deadlines, irritating co-workers, not being able to function in the office environment, pressure, and internal and external noises,” Milen said.
His presentation covered the four types of stress, the different directions of stress, identification and symptoms of stress, impact, stress management, General Adaption Syndrome (your body’s physiological response to stress), behavioral stress symptoms and how to maintain a healthy living to conquer stress.
Milen is a former firefighter, training officer and medic. His experience and interest in stress, post-traumatic stress disorder and coping mechanisms led him to earn a Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management at Indiana State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health at Walden University. He has presented globally at conferences and contributed research on such topics as public health, occupational safety management and disaster and emergency preparedness.
“I had experienced several issues with stress, coping with death and dying patients, two near-death experiences both in fires and responding to medical issues, and felt compelled to educate others on how to minimize stress,” he said.
The best ways to minimize stress include taking short walks, making positive face- to-face contact with others, reducing intake of alcohol or nicotine, improving your sleep schedule and learning how to avoid, face, accept or conquer stressors, according to Milen’s research.
In Shanghai, discussions also included different ways of managing stress and perceptions from a cultural perspective, he said.
“It was a very pleasant and unforgettable experience,” Milen said. “We had a fun time discussing the differences of working environments in the East and West, and sharing personal stress management experiences.”
Serving the common good and helping the individual is part of the Benedictine hallmark of Community, which is well-emphasized in the University’s Department of Public Health. Faculty are not only experts in their fields, they are experienced practitioners who create a professional learning environment through small interactive classes, community service activities and research projects, and regularly present at national conferences.
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