The word “Stress” is quite possibly one of the most used words in the English vocabulary, especially within the developed world.
My clinics are based in Central London and the City of London, where stress seems to be the key driver for people to reach out for regular treatments to help manage their stress. There is equally an increase in the numbers of people doing yoga, pilates, meditation and mindfulness all for the same reasons.
In 2018 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK published their annual statistics about work related stress depression or anxiety in Great Britain.
In this publication it showed that a staggering 15.4 million working days was lost due to work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017-2018 (Labour force survey LFS).
They also state that in 2017/2018 stress depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work related ill health cases and 57% of all working days lost due to ill health.
The main work factors that increased work related stress that the participants of the research stated included
- workload pressures
- tight deadlines
- too much responsibility
- lack of managerial support
The HSE published an updated annual statistic in 2021. This focused on the first year of the pandemic of 2020-2021.
In this publication they state that:
- stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 50% of all work related ill health cases – an increase of 6% since the last report.
The full report can be found here, where they break down the stress levels in different industries too.