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Work related Stress

STRESS – is yours work related?

Stress is now the number one cause of long-term sickness absence as employees struggle with heavy workloads and job loss worries, research from the CIPD and Simplyhealth has shown.  

In the past work related stress was more dominant in physically related occupations i.e. production, manufacturing where employees could experience stress on their bodies.  However it is now more dominant in office related occupations where longer hours are often the norm, larger workloads, less staff and job roles becoming more demanding.   Outside influences cannot be ignored either with increasing home and personal pressures with finance, cost of living and job security all contributing factors to living a very stressful life.

Most of us do not recognise stress within ourselves as we all have different tolerance levels and so often try to carry on regardless, unknowingly causing harm to our health.  

HEALTH – often bottom of the priority list until it’s too late – I like this quote from Abraham Lincoln - Something to remember before everyday life, work and issues become too much.
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~Abraham Lincoln
So,  Take care of you, Take care of your health and life will take care of you!

Try the happiness challenge next time you are feeling stressed:-
No complain day
Rather than complaining, nagging, or being impatient- replace it with a compliment, a positive thought or even a smile :)
By days end you will feel less drained, less irritable, and the people around you will also reap the good feelings! Have a happy day :)


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