Stress Management – Getting To The Root Of The Problem


Stress Management is a relatively new phenomenon that was brought in for the purpose of preventing, managing and treating anxiety ridden illnesses among workers in a commercial establishment. Stress or anxiety has come into the limelight in the fast moving world of business where intense competition and the drive to achieve targets nearly wreaks havoc on a persons emotional and physical balance. In fact, a stressful and anxiety filled life and all its attendant evils take place when an employee is depressed in his work place or his job and is unable to get a grip on everyday life.

The causes of stress are numerous and in workplaces it can result from fear of meeting targets, strain, sleeplessness, fatigue, bullying mentality on part of seniors, job dislocation, family problems, fear, overwork and poor diet. Stress, if gone unchecked can have serious implications on a workers life, output and creativity. It is mainly in high growth business societies that stress, off late, has emerged as one of the prominent health issues affecting the life of an employee. The UK undoubtedly, has a significant challenge in containing this menace as its industries, service sectors and IT sectors have grown phenomenally over the past few years.

Stress management involves prevention, control and taking remedial measures in places of occurrence and can either be treated with medication or counselling. Stress can either be physical or emotional or both. Again one can lead to the other and vice versa. Among the different options of managing stress the most prevalent ones in the UK are social or professional counselling, medication or hypnosis by systematic oral suggestions. Professional counselling has grown in importance and used to stress upon time management, effective communication, relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, meditation, problem solving, modifying ones behaviour, getting rid of anger, thinking positively and learning to say no.

However, this is good when the initial symptoms are mild. When the illness assumes serious to chronic proportions medication is advised. The use of depressants or drugs must be taken under the supervision of a medical doctor as many of these drugs have side effects besides being drawn to addiction. At times, stress can pave way to other form of illness like headache, migraine, insomnia, partial coma and a host of other illness. Therefore it is all the more necessary to consult a physician. The relatively lesser therapy is hypnosis or suggestive art therapy. According to CBI studies in the UK 6.7 million work days are lost every year due to stress disorders and it is believed that 54% of self reported illnesses are due to stress alone.

Although a great deal has been done to introduce stress management as a way of work life, it would be worthwhile for the British industries and services as a whole to get to the grass roots of this problem. Notwithstanding the fact that there are a host of remedial centres and clinical efforts in existence, it may be worthwhile to look at life as a whole in connection with employment and business.

Richard Reid is the founder of Pinnacle Proactive, Specialising in theEmployee Assistance ProgramStress ManagementStaff Retention & Absenteeism. Take a Proactive Approach to Growing Your Organisation & its People. For more info visit


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