Today is National Stress Awareness Day and this year’s theme from the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) is ‘Stress: The Balancing Act - It is sometimes difficult to keep the balance right in terms of work, play and lifestyle’.
Upon reading this I was automatically drawn to the importance of resilience and how dramatically the lack of it can affect people.
I recently read an interesting article in HR magazine which gave some worrying statistics such as 32% of UK workers do not want to work later in life due to the stress of juggling work and personal life, and that 21% of people feel that a bad relationship with their manager is their biggest stress factor.
Recognising these triggers is a vital part of resolving stressful issues and building emotional resilience and even mental toughness.
How can we be sustainable with the onslaught of data and information that is being sent our way every minute? Or with the ever-increasing set of deadlines that are expected of workers now?
More and more organisations, both public and private, are opening their eyes to the importance of resilience and the effects that stress, mental and physical health and emotional strength are having, not only directly on their employees but to the business as a whole.
With a suspected cost to the economy of up to £101 billion because 73% of people say stress levels from always having to be available means they are more likely to move jobs, it really does indicate that now is the time to take action.
ISMA mentions recent research, which highlights that as technology improves the nation is contactable 24/7. Does this surprise you? How many of us check our smartphones on holiday, or our work emails on the weekend?
These advancements in technology don’t have to be a bad thing. They just need to be used smarter and more effectively. So how do we do this?
People need to educate themselves on what is and isn’t expected and what they can physically achieve. We are a world full of over-achievers, even if we don’t realise it. Maybe it’s time to give ourselves a break. To step back from the fast-paced environment and enjoy where we are.
Perhaps today, on National Stress Awareness Day, we can all take a break from our desks and reflect on how we feel. Are we leading a balanced life? How do you feel when you leave work for the day? Do you feel stressed first thing in the morning?
Take a moment to ask yourself these questions. Then ask, what are you going to do about it?
Rachel Matthews, Social Media and Marketing Manager
In my blogs I will look at industry constraints and issues and problems that employees face in their day-to-day work lives.
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