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02 Nov 2016


Relax and take time to think on National Stress Awareness Day



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Some of the best stress-busting tips are simple according to experts on National Stress Awareness Day in the UK. 

“In our complex, technology-enabled lives, one of the hardest challenges is protecting our thinking time,” said Richard Jolly, Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, in his article ‘Three reasons to stop, think and sleep’.

“Most executives are connected to their smartphones from the moment they wake up until they are lying in bed checking their emails at night”. We need to regain our focus to succeed. As humans, we need a holistic approach to ourselves,” he added in his London Business School Review article. 

Jolly calls for calm, mindful thinking time. To achieve that, consider three wellbeing concepts: stop, think and sleep.



Work-related stress, depression or anxiety is rife in a fast-paced world that demands employees do more with less. The UK’s independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness, HSE , conducted a Labour Force Survey which revealed that stress accounted for 37% of all work-related ill health cases in 2015-16. The survey also shows that 45% of all working days were lost due to ill health.  

In total, 11.7 million working days were lost due to stress between 2015 and 2016.


About Richard Jolly

Richard Jolly is an Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School.


He teaches on the following programmes: