Poor stress management affecting productivity, says nutritionist

A nutritionist, Dr Deji Alabi, has said poor stress management is one of the factors affecting productivity in Nigeria.

Alabi, who is also the lead consultant at Nutraceutical Health Solutions, Canada, said this while speaking about his new book titled, ‘Super Health in Stress Environment: Maximising Your Health While Working Fast-Paced Jobs.’

The expert maintained that the failure to manage stress coud lead to poor productivity especially in developing nations like Nigeria.

He said, “No human should go through the stress Nigerians go through twice in a life-time. Less than 5 per cent of Nigerians make it to age 65.  That is an alarming statistics.

“The state of being healthy is never achieved as a stand-alone process. Any protocol for healthy living must be holistic, expansive in its approach and far-reaching in its coverage. Some people have taken to the use of medications and supplements only. They are busy making money for pharmaceutical companies and multi-level marketing schemes, using products with little or no long-term benefits.

“Every holistic approach to health must take into account lifestyle, diet and the use of supplements or medications. Where the first two are balanced, the last two will be unnecessary in most cases except where a condition is involved.”

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He emphasised that workplace efficiency dwindles when effective stress management was not intentionally built into the culture of an organization.

“Some human capital management in developed countries are aware of these realities.

“Unfortunately, developing countries that need this most are yet to adapt their culture. Nigeria as a case study is an abnormal situation where living and working conditions are sub-human.

“Working conditions, especially in developing economies with weak labour laws have become a critical link to ill-health in recent times and productivity is heavily impacted by poor stress management..

“The need to make ends meet has become the decisive factor in determining what to eat, where to live and how to live for a larger portion of the population globally,” Alabi explained.

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