DON'T GET WORKED UP ; Our Jobs Are the Main Cause of Stress, According to New Research. Jasmine Gardner Found Six Sure-Fire Ways to Combat It

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DON'T GET WORKED UP ; Our Jobs Are the Main Cause of Stress, According to New Research. Jasmine Gardner Found Six Sure-Fire Ways to Combat It


Gardner, Jasmine, The Evening Standard (London, England)


AS LONDONERS, you will all be glad to know that if you're feeling stressed in your job right now, you're not alone. It will not surprise many to hear that new research by mental health charity Mind shows that 41 per cent of workers suffer from stress and in the lead as the most common trigger -- ahead of money worries, marriage, relationships and health issues -- is work: it's our jobs that are responsible.

"Right now, one in six workers has a mental health issue such as stress, depression or anxiety," says Mind's chief executive, Paul Farmer. "Workers are under more pressure than ever in a recession as staff numbers decrease, workloads increase and people worry if they'll even have a job to go to tomorrow."

So to stop your mental tension boiling over, here are six London stress busters to keep you feeling Zen-like when you get to the office.

SHED WORRIES A new exercise method called SHED is a combination of dynamic movement, static poses and mind exercises done in a hot room to stimulate the circulation and boost endorphin (feel-good hormones) release. "Expecting people to switch off and relax by lying still is like clamping a lid down on a pressure cooker," says SHED founder Jane Kersel. "It's just a short-term suppression of the symptoms of stress but not a real escape route." Conversely, the SHED method is designed to detoxify the body through movement, enabling profound relaxation.

Five classes weekly at the new Triyoga Chelsea, Pounds 15 drop- in from July 2. 372 King's Road, SW3 (020 7483 3344, triyoga.co.uk) SWALLOW STRESS It is possible to reduce your cortisol (the main stress hormone) levels through diet -- eating high quality protein such as eggs and lean meats, and slow-release carbohydrates such as brown rice and sweet potatoes. "People with high levels of cortisol will tend to store fat around their abdominals," says Dave Fletcher, of Odyssey Fitness. Using a "bio-signature" assessment of your body fat he will create a cortisol-regulating nutrition plan for you -- usually low in sugar and high in green vegetables, good proteins, zinc and omega 3. Pounds 100 for a 60-minute assessment, feedback and plan. theodysseyway.co.uk LIGHTEN UP A new device from Finnish company Valkee claims to combat job stress and improve your mood by shining light into your ears.

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