While the rest of the industrial power houses are growing old, India is growing young with 60 per cent of its current population aged below 25, and the present working-age population (aged 15-59) is four times that of the United States. A nation racing towards affluence, skyrocketing salaries and an economy on a remarkable upward growth trajectory are putting unprecedented pressure on youth to succeed. With the advent of MNC work culture in India, increased work pressure and increasing need for performance at the workplace, it has led to increased stress in the executive lifestyles. This type of a lifestyle increases the risk of developing heart disease by 10-15 times.
With the increase in the competition levels and the pressure to perform, youngsters are faced with the problem of stress at a very early stage. The stress level only increases with time. More than half of corporate India’s young staff suffers from a range of stress and lifestyle problems. Today, the average age in which a person may suffer a heart attack has come down from 50 and above to 35 years. A study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India points out that 54% of the workforce in the IT and ITeS sectors were afflicted with stress, depression, obesity, chronic backache and hypertension.
All we need to do is make efforts to prevent stress and stress-related diseases including hyper tension and heart problems. We should reinforce the importance of wellness for the larger interests of our economy and development that largely hinges on the youth. We should aim to create awareness of stress at the workplace as well as to encourage employers to take action and ensure the health of their workforce. It is important for companies to invest in employee health as wellness programs in the workplace can improve employee health, reduce absenteeism, reduce workforce turnover and improve employee morale and loyalty.
Simple tips to beat stress:
Laugh: Laugh, laugh and laugh. That’s the mantra to release tension
Cry: Tears can help cleanse the body of substances that accumulate under stress.
Talk: Talk to a friend, relative or even a doctor. They could be your sounding board
Exercise: Daily exercise will burn off stress chemicals.
Quit smoking: Kick the butt as it leads to stress
Outlook: Keep a positive attitude. Concentrate on controlling your own situation, without controlling anyone.
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