Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital supports the sixteenth National Stress Awareness Day - 05 November 2014

Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital supports the sixteenth National Stress Awareness Day - 05 November 2014

Today marks the annual National Stress Awareness Day in the UK, a campaign fully supported by Musgrove Park Hospital.

The theme of this year’s National Stress Awareness Day is ‘Stress: The Balancing Act’. Often in modern life it becomes difficult to keep the balance right, in terms of work, play and lifestyle.

Recent research suggests that as technology improves, the nation is contactable 24/7. A normal working day no longer ends when we leave the office, with some even take their smartphones on holiday to continue working.

It therefore becomes essential to manage this technological change in a positive way, achieving a balance which is necessary for good health, positive performance and psychological wellbeing. National Stress Awareness Day is helping to raise awareness of the numerous solutions that are available to everyone, to achieve a healthy balance in life.

November 5th 2014 is the perfect day to begin by stopping and thinking about what is causing stress in your life and do something little or big to make a positive change to combat this.

Stress is defined as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work.”  (HSE)

Stress unlike pressure, is never good for you, and is never a positive thing. Stress creates unhealthy biological reactions, and prolonged stress can lead to both physical and mental health breakdown.

Musgrove Park Hospital has specific measures in place to help its staff be stress aware and to encourage them to seek help when needed. Robert Travers, a Senior Human Resources Advisor said; “Here at Musgrove Park Hospital we have an Employee Assistance Programme, which provides staff with advice and support about all matters relating to their health and well-being.

“There is also a self-referral service where employees can call a 24/7 helpline to speak to advisors, who can then arrange for them to seek counselling services if they are required.”

For more information about understanding stress, visit the International Stress Management Association’s website: