Stress busting – staff survey results

At the ‘Fit City’ event last week, staff were asked to complete a Unison stress buster survey. The results are below, as well as staff tips to help keep your stress levels low!

Is stress necessary to get the job done?

While some of you felt that a small amount of stress helped provide a challenge, a massive 80% of employees said ‘no’ – stress is not necessary to get the job done.

Can you think of one way to possibly reduce stress?

You came up with a whole load of ideas on ways to reduce stress. The most popular was regular exercise followed by breathing techniques.

Other popular methods are: taking regular breaks, taking holidays, being more organised, planning ahead and managing time better, meditation and massage.

Can you think of one word that relieves stress?

The word that you felt relieved stress the most is ‘NO’ – learning to say ‘no’ to requests is recognised as one of the best ways to reduce stress.

Other popular words are: relax, breathe, peace, calm, home, holiday, chocolate, massage, home time, thank you, chilax, sleep, please, well done, smile, yoga, cuddling.

How much water is the recommended amount to drink each day?

Most of you thought you should be drinking 8 glasses or 2 litres of water each day.

Answer: The Food Standards Agency recommends that adults drink approx 1.2 litres or 6 to 8 glasses per day to prevent dehydration.

Click here for a link to the FSA webpage on water intake.

What is the recommended minimum for daily exercise?

Nearly all of you were correct in thinking that 30 minutes was the recommended level of exercise each day.

Answer: The chief medical officer (the government's top doctor) recommends the following: 

  • Adults should do a minimum of 30 minutes moderate-intensity physical activity, five days a week. 
  • You don't have to do the whole 30 minutes in one go. Your half-hour could be made up of three ten-minute bursts of activity spread through the day, if you prefer. 
  • The activity can be a 'lifestyle activity' (in other words, walking to the shops or taking the dog out) or structured exercise or sport, or a combination of these. But it does need to be of at least moderate intensity.

Click here for further information on exercise, fitness and healthy living.