Have you ever felt shortness of breath or chest pain under strain? Do you do regular physical activity? Do you often feel nervous? Are you overweight? Do you smoke? What are the readings of your blood pressure, blood lipid and glucose levels? Do you sometimes have stomach cramps or stomach ache?
According to the data provided by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund, around 80% of the population take sedatives, and people occupying managerial positions are the most exposed to stress.
As early as 13 years ago, The World Health Organization (WHO), proclaimed workplace stress to be to be the number one global epidemic. The media have often dubbed it the plague of the 21st century.
Nowadays doctors emphasise that stress causes very serious physical and mental illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, stroke, heart attack, anxiety, depression and thyroid disorders.
The University of London has recently conducted a research according to which chronic stress increases the cardiovascular risk by 68%. The research of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has shown that stress in the workplace affects every third employee in the European Union. As much as 75 to 90 per cent of all visits to a GP are due to chronic stress. According to the collected data, workplace stress affects 28% of the working population or rather 41.2 million people.
Workplace stress accounts for 50 to 60% of all workdays lost, but also for about 5 million occupational injuries. This means a loss of at least 20 billion euro per year.