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Stressed-out Britain: under-pressure and under-appreciated

By Lauren Barker – Viking Direct – Content S

Stress in the workplace is a pricey and growing epidemic:

It cost UK businesses billions of pounds every year in absenteeism, and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. A recent study by office supplier, Viking Direct, revealed that more than 1 in 3 people in the UK are stressed about their jobs and have no one to talk to about it, with 46% of people having negative thoughts about their job at least several times a week.

These findings correlate strongly with people’s overall levels of fulfilment at work, as 43% feel they are under an unpleasant amount of pressure to succeed. Additionally, a staggering 40% of people in the UK defined their stress levels at work to be so high that it was making them physically or mentally ill. As a result of this, countless people struggle to maintain a healthy and happy work/life balance.

Dr. Mariette Jansen, also known as Dr. De-Stress, is a stress expert, coach, and trainer, believes that stress affects all aspects of our being:

“What I find alarming is that most people accept stress as a fact of life when it isn’t – it’s a choice. When we’re under pressure we produce hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones tire out the body, affect behaviour, emotional processes (mood swings, nervousness) and mental processes (indecisiveness, overthinking). Your thoughts eventually become your feelings so the impact of both negative and positive can have a powerful effect.”

Interestingly, when it comes to a person’s working environment, Viking’s results showed that office workers were more stressed than those working from home. Factors that contributed to these stress levels included: working overtime, not taking enough breaks, having no one to talk to, a lack of job satisfaction, and pressure to succeed.

Most people will experience some form of work-related stress during their careers, but when does it get to a point where it becomes unhealthy? Whilst recent evidence certainly supports the argument that Britain has a stressful working culture, there are actions you can undertake to proactively combat stress and help you to relax. These include: meditation, breathing techniques, having someone to talk to, and looking after your body

Overall, making big changes to your lifestyle can seem like a daunting task; the key is to making healthy little modifications over an extensive period of time. In the long run, these can end up having a hugely beneficial impact on your psychological well-being and physical health.

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