Why the stress of work is killing you — and what to do about it
2021-09-13 from thetimes.co.uk
No one can fault the nation’s work ethic, but it’s not making us happy. Last year, Mental Health First Aid England, which offers training courses in mental health, reported that one in six workers will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time. Meanwhile, research conducted in July by the human resources software company CIPHR found that 23 per cent of adults feel stressed by work in general and 18 per cent by workload demands.
That there’s an upside to pushing ourselves to the limit in our professional life is a fallacy, says Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. “Pressure is good for you. Pressure is stimulating and motivating, but when it exceeds your ability to cope, we’re in the stress arena.”
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