Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 10 February 2014
I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to Health Matters here on Radio X. In Health Matters I take a closer look at the S word that has become one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing STRESS.
And this week I like to focus on a the shocking figure of 64. A recent survey organised by the Social Security company Securex and taken from 1.318 employees came to the scary conclusion that 64% of employees in Belgium are faced with stress at work.
I say it again 64% that is 2 employees out of 3 and it indicates an increase of stress at work with 18% since 2010.
The survey goes further and highlights that in 27% of employees or 1 in 4 that stress at work leads to physical and psychological health problems.
Most common problems related to stress at work are tensions, headaches, heart palpitations, insomnia, concentration loss, depressed mood and being angry more quickly. These conditions lead to reduced productivity and creativity but also increased absence at work which lies between 6 to 20 days depending on the severity of the tension that has build up.
As an osteopath and stress coach I can’t stress enough how important it is to take stress more seriously as it is effecting us big time socially, psychologically, physically and leaves a big imprint on our economy.
Health is something that matters today and can’t be postponed till tomorrow and health promoting behaviour starts with information. You need to get to know what stress is and why it has become a nuisance. Once that is understood you will understand what you can do about.
What rests is then taking the time to implement health promoting behaviour and only you can do that for yourself. You’ll be surprised to find out how, just a little investment of your time will make a huge impact.
Need ideas then join me at the Understanding and Managing Stress presentation I’m giving for the organisation Professional Women International. It will take place near Montgomery in Etterbeek on the 20th of February. It is an open event and yes you men you are welcome too on this occasion.
For more information gort tommeyers.be where you also find the link to download your free copy of ‘Reaset: The return of Ease’ the eBook I’ve written with practical information and easy to implement exercises to keep those stress levels in check.
And if you haven’t done so already pick up your copy of Together Magazine today where you’ll find last weeks episode of Health Matters and some great ideas and discounts on Health Promoting activities.
I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach for Body and Mind and contributor of thought to your health and wellbeing.