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82% of Britons feeling stressed at some point during a typical week

By Mike Lawrence.
Friday, 25 May 2018

It’s hard not to have been touched by the Royal Wedding last month with Prince Harry and Meghan Markel now given the substantive title as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Watching the Princes approaching the church moments before the arrival of the bride, I couldn’t but think of the memory that has been etched on my mind when I was stood outside Westminster Abbey and caught sight of the young Princes William and Harry walking behind their mum’s coffin.

Not only had the nation lost the “People’s Princess” because of her widespread popularity and global humanitarian efforts, the young Princes’ had lost their mum. Although they had the best care available we now know that Prince Harry has suffered throughout his life and he openly talks about his panic attacks and mental health struggles. It’s reported that Meghan has introduced Harry to yoga to help him de stress.

While Britain is in the grip of a stress epidemic, with 82% of Britons feeling stressed at some point during a typical week. Sheffield is cited as one of the most stressed cities in the UK. I’ve done my own research around this and I think I know why, business owners are perceived by their workforce that you don’t care. The question is what are doing about it as an individual and as a business owner, are you concerned about your own health and well-being or the wellbeing of your staff. Or like many of us ignore it, apply that British stoic ‘stiff upper lip’ and simply man up and get on with the task at hand. 

I recently attended and lead a workshop on how to alleviate stress in the workplace at the 4th International Conference on Depression, Anxiety and Stress Management in Frankfurt, Germany. There was a shudder and deathly silence and a moment of reflection when I read out this thought provoking quote.

“The person you report to at work is more important than your family doctor.”

~ Bob Chapman

Look out for the launch of my new Mind Spa within the next few months, your bespoke day of personalised integrative therapies, exercises and relaxation tailored to create change in your everyday personal and professional life.









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