It’s National Stress Awareness Day so what are you doing?
Stress is something that affects so many of us. At a recent networking event, someone asked ‘who isn’t stressed?’ It was more of a statement than a question and is reflective of life in the UK and many other so-called advanced countries. Hence why we need a day like today to raise awareness. Work related stress accounted for 37% of all work-related ill health and 45% of all working days lost due to I’ll health. So stress is responsible for over a third of work-related sickness and almost half of the days taken as sick leave. That’s a lot. We all owe it to ourselves to become more stress aware, especially organisations as this data comes from the Labour Force Survey in 2015/16.
The most stressed industries are public administration and defence and health and human services which is closely followed by education. Professional Occupations were the most stressed by far, followed associate professional and technical occupations and administrative and secretarial occupations. I’m hearing from a lot of small business owners that they don’t feel able to stop as the business depends on them. So the reality is whatever industry you’re in or type of role you have, we’ve probably all experienced stress and could do with raising our awareness of it.
Here are some suggestions:
*Join MINDs ‘Do Something Different’ campaign, www.mind.org.uk.
*Sponsor NSAD16 via ISMA, www.isma.org.uk.
If you’re in a position to, you could offer staff treatments like aromatherapy, reflexology or massages. Or you could help to raise their stress awareness through developing their understanding of stress and how it affects them and can be managed.
If you’re an individual who has felt stressed why not have a soak in the bath tonight or write an entry into your journal or join the craze of adults getting colouring books and doing colouring. It could also be a really good idea to get help from a professional to raise your own stress awareness. I’m opting for a relaxing soak in the bath, booking a massage and reconnecting with my inner child and doing some colouring.
If you want help developing stress awareness, whether personally or for your organisation, feel free to get in touch with us at Shine Out. We’d be happy to help you develop in this area as it’s critical to the success of every individual and organisation. For more information head to www.jasminembye.co.uk/the-discovery.
Here’s to your improved stress awareness and management.
Happy Stress Awareness Day! #NSAD16
Jasmine Mbye -Trainer, Coach & Speaker at Shine Out.
Specialising in women’s empowerment. Giving ambitious professional and entrepreneurial women the tools to excel.
A challenging childhood left Jasmine dysfunctional, dimming her light and blocking her own success. Embarking on a journey to free herself and become her best, along with developing her expertise, resulted in Jasmine creating the Shine Out Method.
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