Recent research from Russam GMS states that over 80% of executives believe the workplace is more stressful than it was 5 years ago. When Russam surveyed their database of executives, the findings were alarming. 60% said they were expected to answer emails outside of normal work hours and a further 20% said that maintaining their work-life balance - being able to "switch off" after work is their biggest challenge in looking after their health.
This is alarming because we know that too much stress can have a negative impact on your physical health:
- Stress and your immune system function. When you are stressed, high adrenalin levels can lower your immune system function. This makes you more prone to sickness.
- Stress and your heart. High levels of stress can cause high blood pressure. This puts added stress on your arteries, increasing your risk of heart disease.
- Stress and your back. Back pain can be a side effect of too much stress. Stress can cause fatigue and stiffness in your back creating muscle imbalances and chronic pain.
How can you best deal with stress?
Stress management techniques are unique to each individual. Yoga can be an effective stress management technique for some but not others - some people will love it and some people will go mad and stress out even more! That's because... it depends on your brain chemistry.
Find out more about Health by Design's brain chemistry program, Chemistry for Success, and other stress management solutions for your workplace by contacting us today. Is it time to address your stress?