National Stress Awareness Day

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Today is National Stress Awareness Day – and Cardiff is apparently the sixth most stressed city in the UK, with 34% of employees admitting that they have taken a day off work as a result.

Last month, the Health and Safety Executive advised that almost half a million people suffered workplace-related stress, depression or anxiety in the last financial year, and indeed the most recent government figures say that 15 million working days a year are being lost because of anxiety and mental illness.

It’s easy to dismiss the damaging effects as the simply fast pace of today’s daily life but stress can take really take its toll health-wise – take the Stress Management Society’s test here to see how you fare, then read The International Stress Management Association’s  top tips on how to manage stress effectively.