Reports from from Barts and the London NHS Trust and The ‘Recession Relapser Study’ report presented to the UK National Smoking Cessation Conference in London both show the dire effects of the “recession” (depression) on the UK public.
Cardiac experts have determined that alcohol is linked to higher blood pressure, which in turn exacerbates problems such as cardiac arrhythmia or irregular heart rhythms. Many workers are increasingly using alcohol as a method to deal with their work related stress .
According to the reports, at least 100,000 cardiac deaths a year are blamed on this, which includes symptoms such as the heart beating too fast or too slow – a condition made even worse by stress.
A second study, The ‘ Recession Relapser Study’ presented to the UK National Smoking Cessation Conference in London shows almost a quarter of smokers 23%, delaying plans to quit while almost a third, 28% fear job security, inability to pay bills and not having enough money to put food on the table.
23% translates to approximately 2 million people who have delayed their quit plans, exposing them not just to the harmful affects of smoking, but also the prolonged stress levels.
Stress can be managed through simple methods such as meditation. Stress management.co.uk have developed a range of simple audio techniques to help people manage stress, free of charge.
Mindfulness (by Dav Panesar)
Symran (by Dav Panesar)