We've all seen the type of stress headlines that crop up with a disconcerting regularity. Here are a few culled from the most recent articles around this particular topic:
GPs suffering highest stress rates for 15 years
Stress named the most common trigger for migraines
Poll says more than half of us experience stress in the workplace
Luckily, we now live in a much more open culture as regards mental health than previous generations. So while there is very likely to have been a rise in stress levels associated with the downturn, it's coupled with the fact that people these days are far more likely to seek a diagnosis.
The 'stiff upper lip' of old has (thankfully) given way to a more flexible approach to mental health, a dissolving of stigma, and a workplace that's far more accepting of the fact that mental healt should be factored in when looking at wellbeing policies.
Given the prevalence of stress, though, it's becoming more and more apparent that we should probably all acquire an understanding of stress management so that we can help minimise its effects should it ever arise.
There's a good range of books on all aspects of stress management from effective work prioritisation and other work-related things, as well as mindfulness meditation, breathing techniques, tai chi and so on.
If you're looking for advice on stress management, this week the medical insurance provider AXA PPP healthcare is holding a live question and answer session with one of its resident experts on the topic of stress and anxiety. The chat takes place between 3 and 4pm on Tuesday the 24th September, and is a great opportunity to discuss stress issues with someone who can provide an expert's view.
If you can't make it along for the live question and answer session but would like to submit a question, just click the link above and you can do so on the site.