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Last year the GHFC featured in the Employee Quarterly magazine 'In Touch', for the Hills Group UK, a company I have a long and happy association with.

Following on from our feature, the Company has expanded on it's focus towards the support of mental health well-being in the work place, in turn being recognised Nationally for their commitment.

One such initiative has been to provide all Employees with a 'Safe For All' magazine, in which the latest edition includes a double spread feature entitled, 'Anxiety - the effects and how to deal with it'. (Pages 18 and 19 of the magazine as per the link below).

This feature without doubt provides clarity and direction on what is a very complex issue, to which I felt it was appropriate to share with you all:

'Modern life can be stressful and a recent study* has found that more than 40% of people believe they suffer from anxiety, defined as ‘a feeling of unease, worry or fear that may be about real or imagined events.’ The survey also found that 57% of us have become more anxious about our health in recent years. Other causes of anxiety included money worries (54%), getting older (40%) and physical appearance (32%). More than a third of us have anxiety, and 20% suffer more than they did five years ago, but what are the effects of anxiety?

TOP 10 EFFECTS OF ANXIETY. (*Source: OnePoll survey, September 2018)

• Reduced my confidence levels • Made me overthink/dwell on things • I avoided going out/socialising • Became irritable • Gained weight • Lost friends • Took time off work • Stopped exercising • It caused a relationship to end • Meant I was unemployed for a long period.

TACKLING ANXIETY. (Try a few things to find one that really works for you).

• Take time-out. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head. 

• Eat well-balanced meals. Keep healthy, energy-boosting snacks on hand .

• Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. 

• Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest. 

• Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health .

• Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly. 

• Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary .

• Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn't possible, be proud of however close you get .

• Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think? 

• Welcome humour. A good laugh goes a long way.

• Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

• Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.

• Learn what triggers your anxiety. Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious and look for a pattern. 

• Talk to someone. Tell friends, work colleagues or family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you.'   

With sincere thanks to Darren Goddard, Communications Manager, Hills Group UK.

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