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Synergy take a deep breath for Mental Health Awareness Week

Synergy take a deep breath for Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s Mental Health Awareness week – Work-related stress, depression or anxiety continues to represent a significant ill health condition in the workforce of Great Britain. The HSE reported that work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounts for 44% of work-related ill health in 2017/18.

It was therefore good timing at our staff away day yesterday to incorporate a session on stress relief and the importance of a good night’s sleep.

An accumulation of stress leads to an accumulation of stress hormones in the body. If these hormones are not burnt during activity or not dissipated through the natural relaxation response, a good quality of sleep can be difficult to achieve.

A recent study compared patients with insomnia to those without. They found that the insomniacs with the highest degree of sleep disturbance secreted the highest levels of the stress hormone cortisol, especially in the evening and during the night.

The session taught us some valuable relaxation techniques and useful information on simple changes we can all make to our working day to improve wellbeing and our sleep.

If you need information and support for mental health problems please take a look at Mind who have a host of useful resources and support contact details. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/

Posted on 15/5/2019
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