What's the problem with stress?
The World Health Organisation has remarked that stress is "the health epidemic of the 21st century", but how have we ended up in this position in the day and age where 'health and wellbeing' seems to be the buzz topic of the moment that many organisations and HR departments are championing?
When investigating the underlying triggers for stress related absence, the clear majority (44%) came down to sheer workload, closely followed by a perceived lack of support in the workplace (14%). These two factors alone account for more than half of stress related absence from work and clearly need addressing.
What can we do about it?
Of course, while employers indeed have a duty of care to staff wellbeing, we as responsible employees also need to take steps to safeguard ourselves from stress, and manage our wellbeing where possible. Below are some thoughts on how you could start to achieve this:
Changing our outlook on stress:
Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses below how perhaps it is our interpretation of 'stress' which dictates its impact on us. Have a watch and see what you think: do you believe stress is bad for you, or does it motivate you? More importantly, Kelly believes it is actually possible to retrain our brains interpretation of stressful situations.