Stress at work is growing to be an almost accepted part of modern life - potentially something even to commended, as individuals strive to show their dedication and hard work, obsess over the need for perfection or are driven by competition with others to an unhealthy level. Society expects us to show that we find our work taxing to prove that we are working hard, but this needn't be the case.
We do not need to be stressed to be productive, and in fact, being under the stressed guise for an extended period can take a serious toll on our body.
When you’re under stress, your body reacts by releasing hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine (read more about these here) – this assists the body with the “fight-or-flight” response. Your heart rate and breathing rate go up and blood vessels narrow.
Whilst this can sound like an intense physiological response, occasional stress is a normal coping mechanism and can be good for us in the short term. However, chronic excess stress can begin to impact our bodies in a number of negative ways.
In April organisations will give advice on how to reduce the causes and risks associated with workplace stress. Tackling stress at work can be very difficult and it is estimated to cost the UK industry £5.2 billion.
The Health and Safety Executive have published a step-by-step workbook on tackling work-related stress - download your copy at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/wbk01.pdf
If you find yourself starting every day stressed out, it's going to start taking its toll on you. The American Psychological Association (APA) warns that chronic stress can 'trigger other reactions of the body and even promote stress-related disorders' due to prolonged tension in the muscles. These include headaches, respiratory problems, cardiovascular issues, excessive stress-hormone secretion, increased appetite and decreased sex drive.
Luckily there are a few things you can do to make the morning madness go away!
Showing your love and appreciation for your mother doesn’t have to cost the earth, so for this Mother's Day, we've put together our top ten list of special gifts to help you show you care.
Obviously, when it comes to pampering we think the number one gift has to be a fabulous massage, but of course there are some other great and unique ideas below that all mums will love. So for some inspiration and ideas to make this year's Mother's Day the best yet, have a look at these!
Employee Appreciation Day began in America and falls on the first Friday in March each year, that's Friday 2nd March in 2018. As with many other US traditions, like Halloween and Black Friday, Employee Appreciation Day is now making its way over to the UK. It gives business owners and companies the opportunity to show their appreciation for their staff.
At Sense we provide on-site treatments and workplace classes all round the year, but we love seeing companies in the UK and Ireland taking up this growing event with lots of enthusiasm.
For those interested in foot massage, we've put together a little guide for an easy massage anyone can do! Trust us, your other half will thank you for it later….
We know that massage is a wonderful gift to give to those you love, and in many cultures it's already something that's long engrained. All across the world, families have utilised massage to help infants develop and to treat those older with aches and pains, or to care for and rehabilitate the individual after sport.
The idea of ‘wellness days’ is certainly not a new concept, though team-building days may have been more well-known over the history of staff programs. However, the true impact of wellness days and schemes is really only just being realised, as employers gain understanding of how they tackle staff stress and go on to aid their business.
Between 2015-16, there were over 488,000 reported cases of work related stress, and the total number of working days lost was 11.7 million.
Using technology to manage stress: Monitor Your Heart Rate to Relax
If you find yourself feeling stressed, a common symptom is an elevated heart rate - something you may have noticed if you’re running late picking up the kids, presenting an important meeting or lying in bed, fretting about the next day’s jobs. That's why monitoring your heart rate can be a powerful tool when it comes to managing your stress, and ultimately, learning how to relax.
Here at Sense Massage Therapy, we’re trying to raise awareness about arthritis, the number one cause of disability in the UK. It is something that affects over 10 million people, and 77% of sufferers still don’t think that society understands what it’s like to live with arthritis.
Arthritis Research UK invest in breakthrough treatments, the best information and offer vital support for everyone affected by arthritis. They make regular videos such as the one below trying to advert here for further information.
The last weekend in August marked the final week working with the amazing Volvo campaign that has been travelling the country, ‘Escape The City’. Featuring the new Volvo XC60 on the stand, alongside Sense therapists, the campaign invited city-goers to take a break from their busy day and step inside the wooden escape shack to enjoy a ten-minute Swedish massage, or join an instructor-led meditation or yoga class.
(Photos: London & Norwich)
At Sense Massage Therapy, we have therapists that specialise in a range of different massage and we thought it would be great to demonstrate some of the many other ways massage can benefit the body outside of the office.
One type of massage that can be extremely beneficial, and is well known for its benefits for healing focusses on stimulating the lymphatic system.
When our body works the way it’s supposed to, we won’t ever notice our lymphatic system; until it encounters problems, many of us may never even know what it is.