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National Stress Awareness Day 4th November “For Fast-Acting Relief, Try Slowing Down”

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A certain amount of stress is healthy when managed correctly but extreme and constant stress will have an emotional and physical impact on an individual - “stress goes to the weakest part of the body.” Money and work related issues are the most common reasons of stress and 60% of British adults say their life and circumstances are more stressful than they were five years ago.

Stress can be a reaction to a short-lived situation, such as being stuck in a traffic jam but in  today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, stress has become a fact of life; however we all react differently to stress.  What is important is recognising high stress level situations and taking appropriate action to deal with it in a non-detrimental way.

It is important to be able to identify the source of stress, this could be work, diet, obesity, lack of exercise as well as emotional/relationship difficulties - all these factors have a consistent causal relationship with stress.  Unhealthy habits may develop over time and can be difficult to break but regular exercise, a healthy diet and sufficient sleep will keep both “mind and body” healthy.  Poorly managed stress can result in obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Maintaining a healthy mental balance is crucial because the degree of functioning of our nervous system actually completely determines how we feel and respond. It is by sustaining a “mental balance,” as well as displaying grace and having a sense of humour to stressful situations, that builds a person’s natural inner strength. Excessive stress can cause an overload of the nervous system. Admitting people to hospital for stress is usually an expensive solution to a problem, which could have been identified earlier.

Sugarman’s Occupational Health Services are fully equipped to help employees cope with stress and pressure in the workplace.  We appreciate that stress is experienced on a daily basis by both employers and employees but it is having the expert advice from an Occupational Health Service, which is crucial, as the continually changing landscape of work brings new risks and necessitates fresh approaches to prevention.