Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. According to the Mental Health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Millions of us around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health. Stress is one of the great public health challenges of our time, but it still isn’t being taken as seriously as physical health concerns. Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression. It is also linked to physical health problems like heart disease, insomnia and digestive problems.
Employer Tip – During Stress Awareness Month try to organise a yoga practice for your employees or a meditation session during a lunch break. As an employer, aim to promote methods of stress management in the workplace and implement strategies to overcome concerns.