Stress awareness day is highlighting its affect on the mind and body also its impact on our social welfare.
There are many different causes; ranging from work, home, loss, social, financial worries and emotional trauma to name but a few. Unfortunately, if left unresolved stress may lead to depression.
Having a little stress in your life can be productive but being in a continued state of stress is not good for the mind or body. In a constant ‘fight or flight’ mode.
How does it affect us?
Symptoms can be wide ranging; anger and frustration, overthinking, insomnia, panic attacks, headaches/migraines, worry, digestive problems, reduced immunity, depression, high blood pressure and fatigue affecting not just our emotional but our physical well-being too.
A Labour Force Study in relation to stress, anxiety and depression showed:
• Those working in the public service industries such teaching, healthcare profession, business media workers and public service professionals suffered with higher levels of stress than compared to other professions.
• In 2015/16 11.7m days were lost as a result of this problem.
• 2015/16 accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all days lost at work.
So, first action on stress awareness day would be to start putting yourself first, second take time out to relax and unwind.
Third, consider a therapy that may help such as acupuncture which treats the person as whole, the mind and body.