CODESNA had the opportunity to participate in a stress prevention day organized by the Mutuelle Intériale for a Detention Center in the South of France. There are different functions within the personnel, each with their lot of responsibilities, of contact with prisoners, of stress potentially stimulated by their activity.

The aim was to allow the Detention Center staff to evaluate a possible risk of chronic stress and measure their ability to withstand stress. This in a prevention approach for stress management, in an environment potentially source of many stressful situations.

We were in a private office, equipped with the CODESNA Physioner product, and welcomed employees who had pre-registered, or came in an impromptu manner, when their schedule allows them to come: the latter often prompted from a positive discussion with their colleague who did the evaluation already.

The results were very interesting: despite the potential difficulty of the job, many employees presented a good ability to withstand stress and a very balanced physiological balance – no presence of chronic stress.
This was the case for 60% of the evaluations. Some people reported having experienced significant stress in the past which affected them, and they had to learn how to manage it: a former career soldier who experienced battles, a person who changed service a year ago after a crisis, another who experiments yoga twice a year since a few years – pleased to see the impact of her diligence to restore a perfect balance, despite a tense work.
This confirmation of good physiological balance and stress management was often perceived as reassuring in relation to a possible negative feeling.

20% of the people evaluated had significant over stimulation, nevertheless remaining reasonable, to be monitored on the long run; and the last 20% had greater over stimulation, implying accumulation over time, with recommendations to put in place actions to better manage this accumulated stress and avoid potential pathologies linked to this long-duration over stimulation.
The presentation of their markers generated questions from employees and a desire to better manage this accumulated stress; when interviewed, people showed a stronger interest in stress management, nutrition, and sleep management programs.

This intervention was perceived positively by all participants and by the Management. They appreciated both the individual and confidential Physioner evaluation, the physiological explanations on stress management, and potential follow-up.

The goal is to better arm everyone to assess his situation, educate on how physiologically he manages his situation and helps anticipate health problems.
The ideal being to avoid that the person learns “the hard way”: “If you would have evaluated me a few years ago, I would have been in the red; I suffered from it and I  had to learn to better manage my stress over time, and better learn how to take care of myself.

At CODESNA, we believe in it, and the interactions we had with the participants during this Prevention Day organized by the Mutuelle Intériale, were humanly very enriching.

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