According to research nearly half a million people in the UK have work-related stress that is making them ill, resulting in sick leave and absenteeism. It is estimated that 12 million working days are lost each year in the UK due to stress-related illness. (HSE.gov.co.uk)
The dictionary defines stress as “ a forcibly exerted influence usually causing distress or strain.” In short stress is any factor, positive or negative that requires a response or change. Medical research recognizes that chronic ongoing stress can lead to illness, aggravate existing disease conditions and accelerate aging. Common stressors include most aspects of life in the Western world – work related, financial, emotional and environmental, as well as nutritional factors.