Reducing work-related stress

Why tackle work-related stress?

  • Work related stress accounts for over a third of all new incidents of ill health.
  • Each case of work related stress, depression or anxiety related ill health leads to an average of 30.2 working days lost.
  • A total of 13.8 million working days were lost to work related stress, depression and anxiety in 2006/7

(Health and Safety Executive 2008)

Adults have reported that relaxation has helped them to overcome a variety of difficulties, for example, sleeping difficulties, recurrent headaches, fatigue and anxiety. Reducing anxiety and stress has shown to increase employee’s commitment to work, have a positive effect on staff performance and productivity and reduce staff turnover.

During the relaxation session individuals will experience various relaxation techniques, allowing them to choose for themselves those which they feel are most useful.

Relaxation, like any other new skill needs to be practised. The aim of practising relaxation is for it to become an autonomic process and part of everyday life, and to counterbalance unmanageable levels of stress. Relaxation works on the mind and body, promoting concentration and increasing awareness

The purpose of relaxation is to reduce negative emotional and physiological feelings, release tension, restore energy and encourage calming thought processes. By relaxing we can improve our physical and psychological health.

Bespoke relaxation work shops can be tailored to your organisation’s requirements. Workshops typically include: deep breathing (diaphragmatic) techniques, progressive relaxation, everyday relaxation techniques and visualisation. Workshops can be offered as a ‘one off’ or a series of sessions can be arranged.

Participants will be given ideas and resources to take away with them to help them continue relaxing at home.