By Kevin Leivers
The 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 size fits all approach can help staff manage workloads better. Break time or after work exercise/relaxation classes, including yoga, improve cardiovascular health and breathing which are fundamental to helping stress resistance. Busy office schedules and high pressure environments also limit the time we have to focus on maintaining a balanced diet. Research has shown that bad diets lacking specific nutrients such as magnesium, B vitamins and D3 have a big impact on mental health. Conversely using targeted nutritional supplements can help significantly reduce anxiety, depression and sleep problems.
Recent clinical studies have shown that high doses of a specific saffron extract have been proven to support cognitive function and reduce levels of stress. Saffrosun from The Naked Pharmacy is the world’s strongest saffron extract, containing 3.5% of active compounds, sourced from Northern Spain. A children's version of Saffrosun is also available.
Fermented Garlic & Bergamot
Other than mental health, the other main risk factor affected by work stress is the cardiovascular system. Being confined to a desk for prolonged periods raises the risk of heart and circulation problems. One natural solution is aged black garlic. This fermented form of garlic is 10 times stronger than regular garlic, and has been clinically proven to improve circulation and reduce cardiovascular risk. The bergamot fruit, from Calabria Italy, has been clinically proven to improve cholesterol levels and reduce unhealthy ‘belly fat’ around the waistline.