One in every 5 employee claimed they were ill as a direct result of work related stress in the form of pressure in the office, according to a study on behalf of Mind, the mental health charity .
Stress as a result of work, increased pressure due to the recession resulted in almost 10% of the population leaving their employment and more than 25% who stated the thought of returning to work ruined their weekends.
The shocking truth about working in modern day Britain is a stark warning to employees, employers and the already stretched health service.
Over 39 m prescriptions for anti-depressants were issued last year, costing the health services billions of pounds, while increasing drug dependency, toxicity from these powerful psychotropic chemicals for patients who have impaired immune systems as a result of chronic stress.
Work related stress doesn’t just impact the employee and the employers, but more than 25% of people suffering from work related stress also reported difficulties in their relationships with their partners or spouses as its direct result.
Chronic stress experienced by employees due to work pressure, like any other forms of ongoing stress inevitably leads to serious health problems including heart disease, strokes, heart attack and even some forms of cancers . In additions, stress creates a whole range of mental health issues, including panic attacks, insomnia, anxiety and depression .
The Mental Health Foundation and NICE have both encouraged GO’s to prescribe Mindfulness meditation to treat mental illness such as depression, stress and anxiety. The UK health service can greatly reduce its costs by offering meditation as opposed to endless prescriptions of anti-depressants.
“Mindfulness meditation, is simply to learn, completely non-toxic, portable and extremely effective at treating the cause of stress” said Dav S Panesar Mindfulness teacher who has been researching the application of meditation in addressing a whole range of mental health issues.
5-Minutes Mindfulness (by Dav Panesar)
Symran (by Dav Panesar)