This week at Protocol we’ve been promoting International Stress Awareness Week, highlighting the ways in which stress affects people and what can be done to manage it before it becomes a problem.

This years focus has been ‘Working Together to Build Resilience and Reduce Stress’ and as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting mental health at Protocol, our Wellbeing Team ran a number of drop in sessions and activities throughout the week including a creative art session, a BBQ breakfast and a bake off competition.

Remarkably, an estimated 13.7 million workdays are lost each year across the UK to stress, anxiety and depression with 1 in 14 adults stating they feel stressed every single day, so its key that everyone from business leaders, governments and the public alike, understand the physical and mental impact stress can have and how we must all work towards safeguarding our own wellbeing.

At Protocol, we recognise the important role we play in supporting our employees with their health and wellbeing and that combatting stress goes much further than simply improving performance, it can save lives!

Post-pandemic, our wellbeing strategy became key to our business culture and we invested in the development of our Wellbeing Team, comprising of Mental Health First Aiders and Wellbeing Champions who help steer positive practices in our day-to-day operations and offer individual support where needed.

We all have a responsibility to look after our own health and wellbeing, but at times of stress, it can often be difficult to know where to turn. We’ve compiled some tips below to help short term, along with some useful online resources available to all. Remember, always let someone know how you’re feeling, no one should ever have to suffer on their own.

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