“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”
International Stress Awareness Week is held this year between 4th to 8th November 2019 with a theme of “Resilience: the power to succeed!” Wednesday 6th November is also National Stress Awareness Day.
Resilience is commonly referred to as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. This definition captures the "bounce-back characteristic, which reflects one of the central characteristics of resilience.
During this week, the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) will hold a series of campaigns and events, including its annual conference, to raise awareness of workplace and personal stress and its effects on mental health. With the theme of resilience, this week is all about being able to stand up to challenges and to bounce back from setbacks, not just at work but also in our personal lives.
The HSE defines stress as "the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work." How prevalent is stress? Estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show: