Author Archives: Tony
Author Archives: Tony
Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it. Work related stress is now the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, musculoskeletal used to be the big one, but that was when we were kind of a manufacturing country but now we're a service knowledge-based economy primarily, and there it's all about people issues so stress is a really major cause.
Alcohol is a large part of our society. We drink it when we go out to brunch, lunch, and dinner, when we have guests over, we go out for drinks to catch up with old friends or for a first date, and cheers each other enthusiastically to celebrate birthdays, weddings, graduations, and the like.
Whether you’re having one or two casual drinks or you’ve tallied up enough drinks to have you dancing and singing on top of the bar, it can’t be denied that even just a small amount of alcohol affects our brains and our behaviors.
There are countless benefits to learning meditation and relaxation exercises to help deal with stress and alleviate tiredness.
Meditation is a means to find peace and calm and relax the body and mind. It is a means to look inward, detach, and focus on a few moments for one’s self.
Relaxation exercises are also a means to remove tension but have the added benefit of being able to not only affect one’s emotional and mental well-being but also affect the physical body positively because of the simple movements involved.
After events take place in our lives, the mind analyses them and, for most of us, starts comparing 'what happened' with 'what should have happened', leading to feelings of guilt, remorse, anger and sadness.
The gap between what we want, and reality could be called 'The Abyss', and the bigger it is, the more unsatisfactory life seems to be.
Every conversation a manager has with a team member who may be experiencing mental ill health will be different. Sometimes, a team member may feel able to be very open with their manager from the very first meeting.
In other situations, it may be difficult for the team member to open up and might take several conversations.
Below are a few tips and considerations for a manager to think about when approaching a conversation with a team member.
No doubt, we have all known someone whose personality does not seem to be consistent; they have these extreme mood swings where one day they seem “high” with a kind of hyper-energy and another day they are down in the dumps, moody, depression.
Sometimes you feel as if you don’t know where you stand with them because even the words they speak can be one thing on one day, but a completely different thing on another day. It might not even have occurred to you that these people might well be manic depression.
Dysthymic Disorder is a low-grade and yet chronic depression characterized by feelings of sadness or depression associated with lack of interest to do things and including some physical symptoms such as lack of energy, sleep, and concentration.
A huge 80% of all mothers experience the ‘baby blues’, which classically arrive in the first week after the birth (often on day four!) and are usually dispelled after a few days with plenty of support from your partner, family and friends.
For one in ten new mums, however, ‘the blues’ last longer than two weeks and are often a sign that postnatal depression is developing. Postnatal depression can begin at any time during the first year. It can be experienced by first time mums, mums who already have several children and even fathers – although theirs usually kicks in later, around 3-6 months after the birth. Postnatal depression can also affect women who have had a miscarriage or stillbirth.
While Depression and Anxiety are two different medical conditions, their symptoms, causes, and treatments can often overlap. Try asking someone to name two common mental health problems, chances are they will think of anxiety and depression. Despite the fact that they are commonly referenced in conversation, people still struggle sometimes to determine the difference between these two conditions. This is because many people with anxiety also develop depression and vice versa.