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  • Matty Panagopoulos

Stress Awareness Month

For a lot of people, the word has only negative connotations; stress. But, did you know that stress can also be a positive thing in all of our lives, giving us the ‘get-up-and-go’ to make positive changes and achieve our goals?


In recent times, there have been momentous leaps in the understanding of mental health and emotional intelligence and the success it can bring to a well-informed leader if we take care of ourselves and harness our potential.


However, according to a study conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the past year they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Every year since 1992, the world has recognised April as Stress Awareness month, supported by healthcare professionals around the world to raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of stress and how to deal with excessive stresses in your life.


The dangers of stress


It may be considered by many as less important than physical health concerns, but stress can have very real, damaging effects on our mental and physical wellbeing. Stress is a major contributing factor in mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and has also been proven to increase your risk of physical conditions such as heart disease and insomnia.


So, we all know that stress can be a bad thing, but what happens when it gets too much? There seems to be a never-ending stream of emails to reply to, a mountainous pile of expenses or there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.


“A problem shared is a problem halved”


It may be a cliché but it’s true! At Go2VA, we recognise only too well how excessive stress can make huge impacts within both your personal and professional circles; maybe you need to ask for help! It is an undisputed fact that reducing your workload by effective delegation to competent, attentive and well-trained people will serve only to reduce your stresses.


That might be to ask a partner, trusted friend or enlisting the professional help of a personal assistant. By getting the help you need, delegating your tasks and giving you time to focus, you can gain the peace of mind that you’re making progress and reducing the stress in your life. Like many, the thought of having another person around you, learning your work and asking you questions might fill you with dread, but with experience working with business owners and directors, we’re specialists in reducing your workload (and stress) from day one.


If you’re one of the 74% of the UK that feels overwhelmed and unable to cope; be it keeping track of your receipts, coordinating your diary or organising your logistics, you could be amazed at how effective a Virtual Assistant (VA) could be for you and your business. As well as being experts in their field, a VA works remotely, so you don’t need to consider the hassle of workplace politics allowing your current office dynamic to continue working in perfect harmony.


A VA can be that extra support at the other end of the phone (or email!), with no set-up costs and without the stress of employment law, it can be the easiest way to handle the administration in your office.


So, why not ask for help today and get back to doing what it is that you do best!


Go2VA - your first step towards stress management this April.


For more support, information and free resources please visit www.stress.org.uk

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