SOS To Stress Day - June 30
SOS To Stress Day is not just about promoting awareness around the negative impact of stress. SOS To Stress Day encourages everyone to evaluate their coping tactics and ensure that they have the right strategies to handle whatever life has to offer.
Beverly Beuermann-King is inviting media, employers, health care organizations and associations across the country to bring awareness to the issue of coping with stress.
Since SOS To Stress Day falls on a Sunday this year, organizations and employers can post links to on-line articles and tools, develop and disseminate educational materials and/or start a social media discussion. It may be as simple as sending out a reminder that it is SOS To Stress Day and encourage their employees to consciously plan to do some activities that will relax, re-energize and reconnect them to friends and family over the Canada Day weekend.
The more that we share our strategies with each other, the more that we understand that we are not alone, that coping is possible and that there is a myriad of choices out there for us.
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2016 - Summer Stress Syndrome
2015 - Stress Changes Who You Are
2014 - Stop Letting Guilt Stress You Out
2013 - Time For Baby Boomers To Step Up
2012 - Give A Kiss, Hug Or Call Your Mom
2011 - Sleep, Sex and Sweaty Palms
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- 72% of respondents reported experiencing excessive or uncomfortable levels of stress (Sun Life Financial 2012 Canadian Health Index Report)
- 18-24 (90%) 25-34 (80%) were found to be the groups hardest hit by stress. (Sun Life Financial 2012 Canadian Health Index Report)
- Canadians were most likely to name their jobs (32%) or their finances (28%) as the most important cause of stress. (AP-Ipsos Survey)
- 47% Canadians reported that work is most stressful part of their life. 16% reported that work is a frequent/ongoing source of depression, anxiety, other mental health symptoms. (Partners for Mental Health, 2013)
- 27% of working adults reported that, on most days, their lives were ‘quite’ or ‘extremely’ stressful. (Stats Canada, 2010)
- 85% of employees say work performance has been affected by work, health and personal pressures. (Canada Life, 2012)
- Canadians workers reported that a major source of day-to-day stress was taking care of children's needs (16%) and family problems (21%). (Desjardins Financial Security. 2008)
- Study reports that about one-third of middle-aged Canadians are part of the Sandwich Generation and face an increased burden including more complicated personal schedules and less pay. (Statistics Canada, 2002)
- 55% of caregivers say feel overwhelmed by amount of care their aging or chronically ill family member requires. (Stress in America Survey by the American Psychological Association, 2012)
- Nearly half (48%) of the employers felt long hours were the main cause of work-related stress. (Watson Wyatt Staying@Work survey. 2008)
- One out of every three Canadians identifies themselves as a workaholic. (Canadian Social Trends. 2005)
- One in 10 Canadians said they frequently felt their lives were beyond their control. (AP-Ipsos Survey. 2006)
- 56% of those identified as workaholics felt they did not have time for fun, while 34% of non-workaholics felt that way. (Canadian Social Trends. 2005)
- 29% of 15 and over reported that they didn't have time for fun any more. (General Social Survey - 2010)
- 54% of 15 and over reported that they felt time stressed. (General Social Survey - 2010)
- 43% of workers say that they’ve gained weight in their current jobs, due in large part to bad habits at the office like eating out, skipping meals, ”stress-eating” and partaking in office celebrations (Work Buzz, 2011)
- Canadians with long commutes of an hour or more per day slept on average 22 minutes less than people with short commutes (1 to 30 minutes). (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2005)
- Workers employed in management, professional and clerical occupations were more likely to report being highly stressed than those in blue-collar jobs. (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2010)
- Being self-employed and having a household income under $40,000 or over $80,000 somewhat increased the likelihood of being highly stressed. (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2010)
- Workers with one or two children were more likely than those without children to describe their lives as quite or extremely stressful. Similarly, workers who were divorced or living common-law had a greater probability of being highly stressed. (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2010)
- A worker's sex and level of education did not affect the probability that he or she would report that their life was quite or extremely stressful. (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2010)
- The odds of being a highly stressed worker, were based pm five characteristics: mental health, occupation, marital status, immigrant status and physical health (General Social Survey of Canadians, 2010)
- 38% of Canadian Post Secondary Students said that stress negatively impacted their academic performance. (National College Health Assessment, 2013)