Work

Stress at work not only harms individuals but also affects society as a whole. A recent study revealed that more than 500,000 people in the UK believe that stress at work is putting them at risk of physical illness. In the UK as a whole, an estimated 12.8 million working days are lost each year due to stress.

Get a life, get a flexi-life

Flexible working is the buzz phrase of the 21st Century. Lisa Freedman discovers how taking control of your office hours could put the balance back into your life.

Read more

The art of delegation

Why do it yourself, when you can so easily get someone else to do it for you? Lifestyle solutions for a stress-free existence. In the frenetic 21st century a new servant class is emerging. Not white-gloved and head-bobbing but hard-headed and entrepreneurial, ready to perform …

Read more

The 5 Ds

With my patients’ consent, I sometimes video my consultations for appraisal by fellow doctors. After showing one such clip, I asked my colleagues, ‘What was the first thing you noticed?’ To my astonishment, they all agreed on the same thing – how tidy my desk …

Read more

The 50-minute rule

More and more of us eat lunch at our desks and stubbornly refuse to take anything resembling a break during the working day. This, Dr Roger Henderson argues, is counterproductive. Taking a time out every hour will boost your wellbeing and productivity.

Read more

Use trigger pictures

A middle-aged woman came to see me suffering from symptoms of severe stress. As long as her work was not mentioned she appeared to be in control … but whenever she thought about work she showed all the classic signs of stress. Her problem was …

Read more

Your best is good enough

Our culture often suggests that there are always greater efficiencies to be made and better results to achieve. This is a commendable thought… but there is a law of diminishing returns – you can only do your very best, more than that does not exist. …

Read more

Panic, prepare, present

Anxiety is a major reason why patients come to see me. Driving tests, fear of flying, interviews or exams are the usual things that trigger their stress. Yet there is a simple way to reduce ‘nerves’ and improve performance – the ‘3 Ps’… 1. Panic …

Read more

Answer back

The main requirement in my job is the ability to listen. After that comes the ability to talk. These sound simple, but to do both well can be very difficult. We have all experienced the frustration of talking to someone who never gives a direct …

Read more

Reward yourself – you’ve earned It

We all do things we would rather not do – attend a meeting that we know will be unpleasant, participate in an activity that makes us nervous… or sit down to a day’s work that stretches far ahead of us. There may be nothing we …

Read more

HSE report: stress at work is costing billions

The huge cost of stress at work Workplace stress is costing Britain billions and causing some 150,000 Britons to take at least a month off each year. The UK Government’s Health and Safety Executive has made stressbusting a priority issue and published guidance to help …

Read more