National Stress Awareness Day

National Stress Awareness Day is on Wednesday 6 November 2013. It is publicised and facilitated by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA).

ISMA defines stress as "an adverse response to what an individual perceives as too much pressure". It is generally agreed that stress is not good for you, and that there are some unhealthy and negative symptoms associated with it.

A Labour Force Survey has estimated that self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for an estimated 13.5 million lost working days in Britain in 2007/08. The Health & Safety Executive reported in the 2007 Psychosocial Working Conditions survey that approximately 13.6% of all working individuals thought their job was very or extremely stressful.

A huge body of self-help advice and information in various forms and of varying quality has grown up around the phenomenon of "stress". Links to a few online resources are included below:

Please email Claire Keyte if you would like to suggest any other useful links and sources of information.