More than 40 million adults in the UK admit suffering from anxiety and stress due to financial concerns as the recession bites deeper.
Almost 25% of businesses believe that recession related stress is impacting their employees worried about job security.
Mental health is further compromised when actual experience of every day life are different from the constant propaganda from the Government and its main stream Media machine promising “green shoots of recovery” and “good times” just ahead. It has been obvious to us since last year, the recession is in fact now a “controlled” depression . The coming months should leave most of us in no doubt at the so called “recovery” being no more than wishful thinking.
Only 6% of people suffering from stress and anxiety turn to professional help, the “stiff British upper lip” prevents people from seeking appropriate help and support; instead 25% of men and 17% of women turn to drink to cope with stress and anxiety. However, about 20% of women tend to seek out comfort foods, small treat compared to about 9% in men.
Chronic stress and anxiety lead to inevitably to serious health problems, including heart disease, strokes, depression and even cancer to mention but a few.
More shockingly the strong link between the recession and depression identified the sharp rise in suicides since the recession began, revering the downward trend over the past 10 years.
Mindfulness meditation has been demonstrated to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence and the Mental Health Foundation have both recognised and accepted the overwhelming evidence for Mindfulness meditation for depression, anxiety and stress. Both have urged UK GP’s to prescribe mindfulness based therapy rather than toxic psychoactive drugs currently used.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses are available, please click on the link for further details and booking.
Mindfulness (by Dav Panesar)
Symran (by Dav Panesar)