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Take a break every three hours and beat stress


Legal & General is advising workers to take a short break, at least every three hours, ahead of this Wednesday’s ‘National Stress Awareness’ day.

According to research by the financial services company, almost a quarter of full-time workers say they are generally stressed at work. A further 20 per cent say they work too many extra hours, whilst almost one in four of full-time British workers never take a break during work and 7 per cent do not even take a holiday.

Vanessa Sallows, underwriting and benefits director for Legal & General’s group protection business, said: “Making the effort to take a short break, at least every three hours, whether that is going for a short walk, sitting down to eat a balanced meal or relaxing over a magazine, can have huge benefits to a worker’s health and wellbeing. As well as reducing stress, it may also help people to improve their work-life balance.”

The research is part of an ongoing study of Britons’ health worries and perceptions, which questioned over 2,000 people, including 942 full-time workers, about health anxieties they had during the last three months.

In related news, HR Zone recently reported on ways to tackle bullying and harassment at work in the run up to ‘Ban Bullying at Work’ day and ‘National Stress Awareness’ day on Wednesday 7 November 2007.

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