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Today, 2nd November 2016 is National Stress Awareness Day. Stress has done/ will affect everyone at some point in their lives. Stress is the feeling of being under too much emotional or mental pressure. Pressure turns into stress when you feel you’re unable to cope.
Stress is caused by many different things, but often it is caused by work, relationships and money problems. Studies show that stress related absences accont for 31% of absences in the workplace, but more significantly, 49% of absences within the public services sector are stress related – this is almost half!!
A report by England’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies claimed that in 2015, 440,000 cases of work related stress, depression and anxiety cost the UK economy £100 billion.
Work related stress can be managed. Many bigger organisations will have preventative procedures in place to help reduce stress levels for their employees, these often include;
• Employee health and fitness programmes – It’s a well-known fact that exercise helps releases the feel good brain stimulant endorphins!
• Flexible working – a good work-life balance is key!
• Workplace counselling
Coping mechanisms when dealing with stress…
WE WORK TO LIVE, WE DON’T LIVE TO WORK