According to Professor Stephen Palmer – one of the experts on the BBC’s documentary series “The Stress Test” :
"Stress occurs when pressure exceeds a person's perceived ability to cope. The biggest causes of stress include changes in working practices. British staff work an average of almost 44 hours per week, which is more than in any other part of the EU. Company restructuring often means less people are doing the same amount of work. On top of this a 'job for life' no longer exists and with mortgages or rent to pay people feel a lot of uncertainty."
Stress affects the health of the UK economy, according to the Government's Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with their last survey showing that stress-related sickness absence results in 13.5 million lost working days a year, at a cost to UK economy of up to £3.7 billion.
On a personal note, stress also has adverse affects on your physical and mental health. It has been linked to coronary heart disease. Professor Palmer explains:
"When we're stressed we release more 'bad' fats and blood cholesterol, which fur up the arteries and lead to long term health problems. Britain has high levels of coronary heart disease compared to the rest of Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan."
According to Professor Palmer, people suffering from stress are likely to get more colds and flu, as it affects the immune system. Day-to day symptoms of stress include headaches, eczema, mouth ulcers, tiredness, backaches and palpitations. Your mental health can also be affected, with increased rates of depression.
STRESS MANAGEMENT & BATHING
Wednesday 3rd November 2004 marks the seventh National Stress Awareness Day, organised by the International Stress Management Association UK (ISMAUK) – a registered charity, which exists to promote best practice in the prevention and reduction of stress. Stress management needn’t involve a complete lifestyle change. One of Professor Palmer’s top tips for coping with stress is to:
“end the day with a bath to help you switch off and get a better night's sleep. Relaxation is one of the keys to stress management and bathing is a good way to relax. Put your favourite herbal bath, aromatherapy oils or bath salts in your water. Light candles or play your favourite music, depending on your preference.”
"My research shows that having a bath is a good 'stability zone' - a natural form of stress management people may not even realise they have. Comfortable warm or hot baths are most effective for stress relief because they trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, which aids physical and mental relaxation. You may benefit further by making your bath a ritual or routine, which you have at the same time each day”.
Make November 3rd a stress free day with Radox. Radox Herbal Bath contains a blend of natural herbs and minerals specially formulated to deliver your best ever relaxing Radox bath experience. According to botanist and author of “All About Herbs”, Roger Tabor :
“Radox Stress Relief Herbal Bath contains Rosemary, a herb renowned for easing stress. Rosemary’s camphorous oils give stimulating baths and massages, and the scent rising from the warm bath seems to lessen fatigue”.
“In addition to the existing Herbal Bath range, Radox have produced a new series of bath products called ‘Radox Aromatic Bath Essences’ to extend their range with particular appeal to today’s woman . She wants to reward herself with not just a relaxing soak but to enjoy a more enhanced experience. These new premium Radox products continue to be based on herbal materials, but have turned to the more exotic spectrum of botanics. Radox Restore Me with Bergamot and Ylang Ylang is really aimed at the ‘new woman market’. The true citrus fruit oil of Bergamot has traditionally been added to baths to both soothe and treat the skin directly and to calm anxiety by the action of inhaling the scent rising from the warm water. The combination of the skin soothing action of Bergamot, coupled with the oil of the exquisite fragrant flower Ylang Ylang, make a treat for the body and the emotions”.
“The powerful effects of the essential oils taken from plants have also long been used in stress management, and to ease aches and pains, by their addition to warm baths. Aromatherapists recommend a few drops of oil in a bath as a restorative to soothe away stress. “Bergamot and Ylang Ylang could be seen as a real restorative not just of your physical and emotional being but your relationship. Tiredness and exhaustion is damaging to companionship and we need to give ourselves both time and emotional support. A relaxing warm bath in the evening not only eases stress but even lowers our blood pressure. Stress can tie us down with tension headaches, panic attacks, and too often is a killer with heart conditions. Stress management with a warm bath can not only become more pleasurable with exotic scents, but the volatile oils of herbal oils can have a real and noticeable effect in facilitating our relaxation. Both Bergamot and Ylang Ylang contain linalyl acetate, which is
a gently sedative scented oil.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
*Stephen Palmer is a chartered psychologist, with a PhD in Stress. He is an honorary Professor at City University's Centre for Health & Counselling Psychology and Director of the Centre for Stress Management
*ISMAUK url address: http://www.isma.org.uk/
*The new range of six Radox Herbal Bath variants (Stress Relief, Relax, Muscle Soak, Sleep Easy, Moisture Soak, Time Out) have a new formulation and even more bubbles with a RRSP of £1.99 for 500ml. The four variants Relax, Muscle Soak, Stress Relief and Time Out also come in a 1 litre size for even better value @ £3.49
*Details about Roger Tabor CBiol., MIBiol., MPhil., FLS
The botanist, biologist, behaviourist, biochemist is author of ‘All About Herbs’ (Frances Lincoln Ltd.), in the UK and presenter of PBS’s ‘Wild About Herbs’ in the USA. He has appeared on numerous TV programmes, starting 30 years ago on BBC’s “Animal Magic”. He has also lectured on plant identification and uses over the same period. Roger Tabor is also Chairman of The Herb Society and designer of The Herb Society’s National Garden at Sulgrave Manor, Northamptonshire.
*The four new Radox Aromatic Bath Essences (Restore Me, Spoil Me, Embrace Me & Calm Me) are for taking that special time out to indulge yourself everyday. All in 500ml for £2.49 (RRSP)
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