Patients, health care providers and other staff all experience stress throughout their day. This is why it's especially important to help employees and patients alleviate stress in a healthy and positive way.

According to, stress has its advantages, like keeping you motivated and driving you to make improvements, but feeling overwhelmed too much can pose problems for your relationships, mood and productivity.

At your practice, encourage healthy ways to de-stress among staff and patients alike.

Identifying stress
Everyone reacts to stress a little differently. In some instances, individuals may get moody, lose sleep or experience the inability to concentrate. There are cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms that can be brought on by excessive stress.

When operating a medical practice, consider implementing stress-relieving activities and events and information available for your staff.

Stress-relieving activities and events
There are a number of great ways to help medical personnel and staff deal with excessive stress. One of the first things you can organize is an informational meeting. Making individuals aware that they may be too stressed and knowing different ways that they can alleviate pressure could help health care workers help immensely. Consider hiring a stress counselor to come speak with the practice or host the meeting yourself.

Ask participants to identify possible sources of stress and how they work out issues. The American Psychological Association recommended that people should listen to their body. Usually it is trying to let you know when it needs time to relax and rest, both mentally and physically. Emphasize to your employees that it is crucial that they adhere to the needs of their body. Involving individuals in a community that is working toward de-stressing themselves can improve individual well-being and promote a more harmonious medical environment. Ask your staff what type of stress-relieving activities and events they may be interested in such as yoga or running.

Take 300 milligrams of laughter twice a day
Laughter is a great way to combat stress. According to Mayo Clinic, letting yourself chortle every now and then can release endorphins, protect your heart and decrease stress hormones. There are both physical and mental benefits to incorporating humor into your daily life. Consider organizing an outing to a local comedy club, going to see a funny movie or doing improv.

Also, think about holding a friendly competition where everyone submits a joke each week and the staff votes on a winner. Offer a prize, or just bragging rights, for the winner and enjoy a few chuckles. It is also important to encourage laughter among patients as well. Having a friendly clinic environment that can enjoy a few good laughs can help patients feel more relaxed during visits or consultations.

Exhale your anxieties
Yoga is another technique that can help you and your staff alleviate stress. According to The American Yoga Association, doing a few different yoga poses each day can help relax your body. The meditation and stretching could be perfect for helping medical professionals wind down and find holistic wellness. Practicing yoga can help with breath control and taking a break from the stresses of life and relax. 

Ask your staff if they would be interested in having a yoga instructor visit the office to demonstrate a few poses or encourage members of your staff to sign up for classes at a local studio or gym. Consider asking local yoga instructors if a discount might be available for a higher volume of memberships.

Encourage positivity, relaxation and enjoyment 
The American Heart Association recommends increasing general optimism to help combat stress. By encouraging a can-do attitude at the clinic, you can help health care professionals and staff alleviate anxiety. This allows everyone in the office to be constructive, uplifting and supportive. In addition, you may want to consider hanging inspirational quotes or sayings around the practice to inspire staff and patients alike. 

While yoga is relaxing, finding other ways to let yourself rest is important. Encourage your staff to get quality sleep or even splurge on a massage or facial to help recharge. Sometimes even taking five minutes to close your eyes and breathe can bring about a sense of calm. 

Also, remind staff and patients to do things that that they truly enjoy. It is always a good idea to treat yourself to something nice. 

Provide additional information for staff and patients 
There is a great deal of value in having informational resources available about stress and its impact on medical professions. Keep pamphlets or brochures in your waiting room for patients and send newsletters out to members of your staff. Increasing awareness of stress and how to manage it is crucial.

In addition, you may consider outsourcing coding and medical billing to help alleviate the administrative burden that may be weighing down on your practice. This can help reduce stress for your physicians and staff and improve the performance of your clinic.