We live in a very stressful world and more employess than ever before are suffering from stress or anxiety, but it doesn’t stop there; one in six children are also suffering from anxiety too.
Anxiety doesn’t discriminate against who it strikes, many celebrities have spoken out recently about their battle with stress.
There has been a huge surge in the purchase of books about anxiety, withone retailer reporting that sales are 25% up on last year.
New research has found that about 40% of people suffer from anxiety with over 20% saying they are more anxiious now than they were 5 years ago.
57% of us worry about our health and 36% worry about not sleeping, finances are also a cause of worry for 54% up high on the anxiety scale are getting older and career progression.
The cause of this anxiety seems to have its roots in technology.We are now more connected than ever before, with constant news streaming and access to what we should be achieving. It seems like although we are communicating constantly with each other, we are actually lonelier than ever before.
Texting and emailing can lead to poorer quality connections with loved ones. Laughter and tears are often lost in this form of communication, these are valuable experiences that help us to offload the troubles and worries of the day.
The clear message here is to take time to connect on a personal level. Put down your phones and computers for a few hours every day to actually talk to someone on a meaningful level and it may naturally help to reduce your stress. Join a group, or start an outdoor activity that reconnects you with the environment.
It is proven that being out in nature also helps to release those feelgood chemicals in the body.
Decide today to make that connection and you will reap the benefits.