In 2015/16, stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health and 45% of all working days lost due as shown by HSE. Simply defined, stress is the bodies’ way of responding to any kind of demand which switches us into ‘fight or flight’ mode. This state releases chemicals into your blood stream that causes the physical symptoms of stress. It is often confused as a feeling rather than a physical problem which is why such symptoms are regularly missed or, physical steps aren’t taken to reduce the risk.
The infographic below demonstrates how stress can affect your body.