National Stress Awareness Day
4 November 2015

National Stress Awareness Day

The 17th National Stress Awareness Day, which is held to celebrate helping people to beat stress will take place on 4 November 2015.  The theme this year is "Employee wellbeing as a worthwhile investment in your business".

Do you know the main reasons for stress at work?   There are increasing redundancies taking place in our current climate for one thing.  Inevitably this leads to a lot of worries arising where people might wonder how they'll get by or provide for their families.

Relationship conflicts between colleagues, a build up of accidents caused by a worker and problems linked with the overall upkeep of the organisation's image could also contribute to elevated stress levels. Depression and issues from work are one of the main causes of stress reported by patients in the doctor's surgery.

So do you have a routine that helps you get rid of tension?   If the answer is yes, great!   When we're happy we're healthy and that sets us up for a longer, more fulfilled life.  If the answer is no, don't stress over it!  The International Stress Management Association (ISMA) is here to help!

But you don't have to wait around until the day itself, now is the time to start taking action.

You could begin by organising your own event to raise awareness of how to deal with stress in the workplace on the day!   ISMA have provided lots of ideas and tips on how to manage planning the event.

For example, you could set up your own stand and ask local businesses to offer treatments like aromatherapy, massages or reflexology.   All are known to be great stress relaxation techniques.   For your checklist go to the National Stress Awareness Day website for more information about how you can get involved.

If I'm feeling stressed I can take a bath or write my diary to get rid of any pent up feelings!  But it's always good to accept a bit of outside help from time to time.

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