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I Love Stress

31 January 2009

I Love Stress

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Enough of the whining and complaining - a job without pressure is a job not worth doing. Cath Janes thinks it's time to banish the doom-mongers and embrace the stress.

Stress, according to the Samaritans, is a looming spectre. And next Friday's Stress Down Day is a chance for "anyone with work or financial concerns to seek support ... to discuss thoughts feelings and problems".

The organisation is keen to raise awareness about the impact of stress in the workplace. Laudable, but haven't we heard it all before? Almost weekly there's a wellbeing survey, study or piece of research warning the nation's workforce that stress is coming to get them. It's the cloud on every employee's horizon. The Health and Safety Executive has calculated that work-related stress lies at the root of more than a third of all new incidences of ill health, while 13.5m working days are lost each year thanks to work-related stress, depression and anxiety.

Could this national obsession with workplace stress be doing as much damage as it professes to prevent? If we tell ourselves that we are stressed at work won't we become just that, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Click here for the Full Story at the Guardian Newspaper Online