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Creating a Healthier Workplace

By Kevin LeiversThe latest government figures for work-related mental health issues paint a stark picture of health in the UK workplace: The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16 was 488,000 The number of new cases was 224,000, an incidence rate of 690 per 100,000 workers. The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2015/16 was 11.7 million days. This equated to an average of 23.9 days lost per case. Problems with work-related stress and health issues have no single solution - it’s about developing a set of tools that can be selected by each individual according to their needs. Creating working environments that adjust to differing personalities rather that a one...

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Mental Health Week - 'From Survive to Thrive'

From Survive To Thrive - Marina Pearson, Effortless Lifestyle Coach  (Guest Blogger for Mental Health Week)   The clues of whether someone is surviving vs thriving comes down to a number of factors; how much energy they have and the quality of the experience that they have.   So if you are just surviving you might find yourself with no energy, reaching out for your coffee every morning and feeling like you haven’t slept at all. You may find yourself with consistent energy slumps and wondering what is going on. In addition your experience of life is one of stress, negativity, hurt, blame and shame.   Nevertheless it’s possible to live a life where you thrive, even though at this time...

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Mental health is one of the most prominent illnesses present in society today, even more so than heart disease and even diabetes. Disruptions to mental wellness can have a significant impact on people’s work and social lives and overall quality of life. There is a huge focus in healthcare on reducing the burden of mental illness specifically depression, anxiety and stress. Poor sleep may also be linked to mental health, as it can weaken the immune system and in turn increase levels of anxiety and depression.   A large emphasis on treating mental illness is focused on prescription medication that works to increase levels of natural circulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine that work synergistically to balance mood....

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World Sleep Day - 17th March 2017

With World Sleep Day upon the horizon on March 17th 2017, the focus in healthcare has turned towards the importance of a good nights sleep and what we can do to improve general sleep quality. Studies have shown that poor sleep can weaken the immune system and affect mental health, increasing levels of anxiety and depression. New research from Australia has recently discovered that an extract from the food spice saffron is an effective natural way to improve sleep, without side effects. Saffron, a commonly used cooking spice derived from the Crocus sativus flower, has shown to have significant benefits in improving sleep, helps balance mood and reduces nervous symptoms associated with stress. The Naked Pharmacy has developed a natural food...

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