Working with reiki against stress
Certain levels of stress in our daily and working lives are beneficial as it helps us to perform well. But if the stress is relentless then we become increasingly tired, perhaps we start to make minor mistakes, in turn this may reduce our effectiveness and if unresolved, stress can lead to illness and absenteeism from work. Stress can damage our immune system and eat into our confidence, slowly demoralising our belief in our ability to ‘cope’.
• c12.8 million working days are lost every year in the UK to stress. (5)
• In 2005, half the UK workforce was believed to suffer from stress, with 26% of the survey respondents believing between 50 and 75% of the workforce was a more realistic figure for those suffering from some degree of stress. (3)
• In May 2006, an internet survey found that 1 in 3 UK workers (or c33%) cannot get to sleep at night through anxiety; in 2003, a Samaritan survey revealed 80% of Britons suffered stress at some time. (4)
• 23% of the UK companies researched had no stress beating policies in place in 2005. Only 6% were working on developing policies. (3)
• An estimated market size in the USA at 2005 for ‘Alternative Healthcare’ which includes holistic disease prevention, health/wellness solutions and complementary therapies, was US$30.7 billion. (2)
• 20% of the UK population was estimated to use CoT in 1999, spending c£1.6 billion1
• A BBC survey in 1999 established the main reasons why UK citizens used CoT and their percentages: 25% used CoT to help relieve pain; 21% just because they liked it; 19% because it was relaxing; 12% as a preventative measure; 11% on a doctor’s referral. (1)
• Growth in CoT in the USA between 1990 and 1997 increased from 4.2% to 7% (up 66%) for healing, and from 13.1% to 16.3% (up 24%) for relaxation techniques; the number of visits to complementary and alternative practitioners increased during the period by 43.7%. (1)
• The House of Lords report stated that “CoT use in the United Kingdom is high and is increasing. This conclusion is supported by anecdotal evidence received from many of the report’s witnesses including the Foundation for Integrated Medicine (FIM), the NHS Alliance and the Department of Health, confirming that the public are very interested in this area”. (1)
With the above in mind, is it surprising many of us succumb to stress from time to time in both our home and working lives? If ever we felt ‘alone’ in struggling to balance our lives, I feel the above can give us comfort!