Work can be a stressful place. Pressures can build as deadlines and due dates begin to loom. In fact, it has been reported that up to 44% of the UK’s stress, depression and anxiety is caused by workload and the inability to cope at the office.
However, this does not have to be the case. The Mental Health Foundation aims to provide help not only for those experiencing mental ill-health, but also to tackle the root causes in order to prevent future suffering. As part of this initiative, the charity has set up their Tea & Talk programme all across the country. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, Tea & Talk encourages friends, families, neighbours, colleagues and even strangers to come together over a cuppa and a cake.
Here at Eskmills, we are getting involved this year in a hope to spread a little joy and relieve a little stress. On Thursday 10th October, we are hosting our very own Tea & Talk event right here. Join us at the Eskmills Venue between 10.30am until 12.30pm – we look forward to welcoming you all! This is a great opportunity for us to gather together as well as raise a little money for an amazing charity which strives to improve the quality of all of our lives.
Research demonstrates the positive benefits of having a simple conversation, whether that be just about your day-to-day life or discussing potentially more problematic topics with a trusted friend or family member. Sometimes, by saying the words out loud, this can make something seem much less scary; by keeping everything bundled up inside things can only become more confusing. Moreover, this can be a great stress reliever – carrying around your worries all day can become exhausting, however by saying them out loud some of this stress can be exerted and perhaps the weight will become slightly more manageable.
In the meantime, there are plenty of little things you can do to alleviate stress. Firstly, experts recommend having clear work and social life boundaries. It’s important to separate the two in order to remain both excited, dedicated and content in both situations, resulting in the best possible outcomes not only for yourself but also your loved ones and employers. Moreover, remember everyone struggles sometimes and it’s okay to ask for help and a little time off – recharging is never a bad thing! Support is only a question away, so don’t be afraid to ask.