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Are You Managing Stress at Work or Coping with Anxiety Effectively?

Are You Managing Stress at Work or Coping with Anxiety Effectively?

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Yesterday was Stress Awareness Day, a rather ironic title implying the possibility that this inescapable blight of modern life had passed anyone by!

With the recent steel plant shutdown in Redcar reverberating through Teesside and affecting jobs and lives in supporting industries throughout Newcastle, Sunderland and North East England, the issue couldn’t be much more acute, and it’s no surprise that ‘work based stress’ and fear of redundancy is a key reason for bringing the issue into focus.

Stressed woman in kitchen holding head in hands under stress

Stress Awareness Day 2015: In a survey by the Office for National Statistics, 29 per cent of British adults reported sleep problems and 19 per cent complained of feeling worried. Ten per cent said they were depressed and women were more anxious than men. Being middle-aged, living alone and being divorced or separated, were other characteristics associated with the likelihood of feeling stressed or anxious.

Stress at work, from dealing with difficult colleagues to coping with organisational change is rampant in today’s world. I recall the Michael Douglas movie, ‘Falling Down’, where his character, an unemployed executive, finds life spiraling out of control as stress takes hold; a situation keenly juxtaposed alongside the successful lifestyle of his separated spouse who has full custody of his child. It’s a scenario not too far removed from daily reality for many people in the UK today (bazookas and machine guns excluded).

Side Effects of Stress

Stress manifests itself in many different ways and can have devastating effects on our bodies and minds. Often these are exacerbated by dangerous self-medication such as drug, alcohol and food addiction to manage the symptoms. The adrenaline, hormones and toxins which build up in our bodies in response to stress do not easily dissipate in our modern lives, and the effects are serious enough to cause significant physical and psychological damage such as palpitations, headaches, nausea, persistent heartburn, stomach problems, anxiety, panic attacks, and so on. It is like a ‘slow motion stroke’ and is the biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK.

Resilience Toolkit

That’s why enlightened companies have wellbeing programmes in place to mitigate possible causes and it’s why a major part of my work involves working with individuals and businesses to give them the right tools and techniques to locate, manage and control the specific stresses unique to them.

Because it is such a huge topic, the root cause of stress must be identified before implementing a correctly calibrated wellbeing initiative and it is also important to note that one size does not fit all when it comes to building a ‘Resilience Toolkit’ for an individual or for employees within a company.

Employee wellbeing is a worthwhile investment

With typical yearly costs to employers ranging from approximately £480 in the Private Sector to over £800 in the Public Sector per employee, there is a significant business case for Employee Wellbeing and Managing Stress and now is the time to start taking action and accept outside help. Contact me to learn more including:

  • Knowledge and understanding of resilience and stress in yourself and others
  • Coping mechanisms for reducing stress
  • Increased ability to remain calm in difficult situations
  • Greater emotional awareness
  • Case studies and demonstrations

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