Physical activity and stress
Being active is really good for your mind as well as your body. Getting some physical activity each day can help prevent you getting depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Moving more can also help you get a good night’s sleep, which helps your brain to rest and recharge. Even short bouts of 10-minute activities can count towards your 150 minutes.
To find out how you can be more active and to download apps that can help you move more, visit the One You website.
Stress in the workplace
By its very nature, stress is difficult to measure, but here is what we do know:
- 440,000 cases were reported in the UK in 2014/15 – 1380 per 100,000 workers.
- In the same year stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health.
- The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2014/15 was 9.9 million days. This equated to an average of 23 days lost per case.
You can read the full report on work related stress, anxiety and depression from the Health & Safety Executive website.
It can be difficult for employees and managers to talk about mental health and stress. Research from the mental health charity Mind found that 30 per cent of staff disagreed with the statement ‘I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed’. They provide free resources to help you understand and address mental health issues in the workplace and offer training courses. Visit the Mind website to find out more.