Hansa’s article in The Telegraph – 01 Nov 2017
International Stress Awareness Day bills itself as an opportunity to “speak up and speak out about stress“. It’s a timely issue: this year, Prince Harry made startling admissions about the stress he suffered following the tragic loss of his mother Princess Diana.
Meanwhile, a new study of 5,000 UK adults has found that Britain is losing almost five billion hours of sleep worrying each year. The research, undertaken by YouGov for the Swinton Group, showed that this has a negative impact on their day-to-day wellbeing of 6 in 10 people.
Home security doubts, money worries, health concerns and work woes are among the most common causes. According to the Health and Safety Executive’s Labour Force Survey, in 2015 and 2016 stress accounted for a considerable 37pc of all work-related cases of ill health.
An independent ‘Thriving at Work’ review commissioned by Theresa May in January also revealed this week that 300,000 people actually lose their jobs due to poor mental health and stress management each year, at a cost of £99bn a year to the UK economy.
For Hansa Pankhania, a fellow of the International Stress Management Association (which organises International Stress Awareness Day) and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the lack of awareness about simple stress management tools is “shocking”. Pankhania states that stress and mental health are intertwined, and stress is inextricably linked to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression…
This is an excerpt from an article published by The Telegraph – 01 Nov 2017.