Stress Awareness Month

What is stress awareness month? Throughout April, everyone from healthcare professionals and academics to business owners and teachers joined forces in order to raise awareness about one of the most pervasive problems facing modern society: stress. Yes, on April 1st we entered into the 28th annual Stress Awareness Month – an initiative, founded in 1992 by Dr Morton Orman of the Health Resource Network (HRN), which works to help individuals protect themselves against the dangers of…

Blue Monday is a Myth

Blue Monday is a myth. It’s startling that so many people are unaware of its inception – did you know that “Blue Monday” started life as a PR stunt for the holiday company, Sky Travel? In 2005, Sky Travel released a campaign where psychologist Cliff Arnall predicted what would be the most depressing day of the year. Using an equation dreamed up to answer the PR Agency’s question, the third Monday in January was coined ‘Blue Monday’. 14 years later, Mr Arnall confessed that the date has…

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Food, Family And Festivities: Rediscovering Your Wellbeing At Christmas Time

For most of us, food is a big deal at Christmas. So much so, in fact, that it’s one of the major sources of stress and anxiety at this time of year. While preparing the festive feast of turkey and all the trimmings, we often put so much pressure on ourselves, thinking, “THIS HAS GOT TO BE PERFECT!” So for many, instead of Christmas time being a wonderful, restful break, it becomes fraught with the prospect of the family sitting down and “breaking bread” together. Lob in any difficult…

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Colouring Book Author Lacy Mucklow On Bringing Colour And Wellbeing To The Workplace

Over the last few months, the art of colouring has exploded inside colouring books for adults. Grown men and women are picking up their coloured pencils to fill in the white spaces on the many intricate designs laid out in these beautiful books. Why has colouring suddenly become so popular? It could have something to do with the way the activity makes us feel. It soothes and calms us, and gives us a way to release stress. Good Day At Work Content Editor, Tori Wastnedge, speaks to Art…

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The top ten stress management techniques

There will always be stress. But stress isn't all bad. Our stress response has evolved from the need to be up to the task at hand (whether the task is surviving a run-in with a sabre-toothed tiger thousands of years ago or meeting a looming deadline next Monday). But too much stress over too long a period of time can have negative consequences. We need to manage our stress down to appropriate levels so we can use it for its intended purpose. 1. Ask for Help We all get…