Nobody and no body is immune to stress; it affects both the mind and
It impacts overall health and well-being and stress can be accentuated at this time of the year.
If left unmanaged and unchecked stress can lead to
an increased risk of both mental & physical problems, such as infection,
illness, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, as well as depressive and
In the UK the total number of cases of stress depression or anxiety
in 2016 was 488,000, 37% of a total of all work-related illnesses, resulting in
a loss of 11.7 million working days, (HSE statistics).
Stress is debilitating and damaging stress and impacts on ALL of
your daily life, work, work colleagues, friends and family. Sometimes it is
profound and immediate; that is when people recognise and understand that they
are stressed, or when a friend or family member brings it up. Conversely when stress begins to build up over
a period of time, it is less pronounced and potentially more damaging.
so long ago in 2012 over 30% of NHS
staff reported they had
experienced stress related to their jobs last year – a rise from 29 per
cent in 2010, (ISMA). Astonishingly, teachers are amongst the highest
professions to feel stress. And in 2014 Channel 4 reported that there had been
an 80% increase in teachers committing suicide. The increase meant that suicide
figures for teachers are now 30 to 40% higher than the national average,
it that people are becoming stressed because of work, family events, finances,
colleagues, (peers, subordinates and superiors) or is it something else?
it really matter?
point is that negative stress in the workplace or anywhere is unwanted.
it be you?
Find out now!
What Can We Do to Help Ourselves?
Start with self assessment.
down in a quiet place, somewhere where you will not be disturbed for 10-15
minutes. Sit comfortably and relax by breathing deeply and evenly, in through
the nose and out through the mouth five or 6 times. Start some self-reflection.
- How are you feeling now? Irritated, annoyed, tense…?
Try and identify that which is causing that irritation, annoyance
When you have, evaluate it, be truthful with yourself.
Where (home, work etc.) does it feel more severe?
What can you do now to relieve that unwanted feeling?
How can you stop it returning?
Who can help, if you feel you need it?
If you thought that a holiday was all you needed and you are away
at the moment filled with dread at the thought of the holiday ending and you
returning to work, then you do need to seek professional help.
There is a variety of help available and sometimes advice about a
simple change of lifestyle is all that it may take but please don’t suffer in
silence, seek help as soon as you are aware something may be wrong.
And remember – Mayfair Cares.