Bold New Report On Stress

A new report looks at how those in the UK are managing stress and what can be done to help those suffering.

Stress is our body’s response to pressures from a situation or life event.

74% of people in the UK have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

It is already known that some 500,000 people are experiencing work-related stress in the UK. This stress can be down to taking work-related emails and calls outside work, balancing home life and work or excessive work demands.

Key findings of the report

Stress should be considered when looking at people living with long-term physical health conditions.

Those in distress should receive a compassionate and trauma-informed response, regardless of where they live in the UK.

Government and the HSE must ensure that employers treat physical and psychological hazards in the workplace equally and help employers recognise and address psychological hazards in the workplace under existing legislation.

Local authorities/central government should introduce a minimum of two mental health days for every public sector worker.

Mental health literacy should be a core competency in teacher training. This should be combined with rolling out mental health literacy support for pupils in schools across the UK to embed a "whole-school approach" to mental health and wellbeing.

The government should conduct an impact assessment of welfare reform and austerity programmes on mental health.

More research is needed how the experience of stress can be reduced at the community and societal level.

How can you manage stress?

  • Realise when it is causing you a problem and identify the causes.

  • Review your lifestyle - are you burning the candle at both ends?

  • Build supportive relationships and social networks

  • Eat healthily

  • Be aware of your smoking, drinking and caffeine intake

  • Take exercise - try to get 150 minutes a week

  • Take time out and be mindful - meditation can really help

  • Get some restful sleep

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Speak to your OH provider or GP if you are still feeling stressed.