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For most of us, food is a big deal at Christmas. So much so, in fact, that it’s one of the major sources of stress and anxiety at this time of year. While preparing the festive feast of turkey and all the trimmings, we often put so much pressure on ourselves, thinking, “THIS HAS GOT TO BE PERFECT!”

So for many, instead of Christmas time being a wonderful, restful break, it becomes fraught with the prospect of the family sitting down and “breaking bread” together. Lob in any difficult relationships and a drink or two, and you feel like you’re sitting on a ticking time-bomb!

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With just a few days to go until the Good Day At Work Conversation 2015 on 3 November, Good Day At Work Membership Manager and Conversation Facilitator, Ryan Tahmassebi, caught up with keynote speaker and Executive Chairman of communications giant, Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin Roberts, to find out what he makes of health and wellbeing at work.

The power of love in the workplace is a big, seductive idea: in practical terms how do we embed it in business culture and how will it make people happier at work?

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Why We All Need Help Managing Stress At Work

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Ahead of the Good Day At Work Conversation 2015, where Dr. Russell Green's company, the Health eLiving Partnership will be featuring inside the Good Day At Work Lab, Russell shares his thoughts on why we all need help coping with stress at work.

If you saw someone using an egg whisk to mix concrete probably wouldn’t be that surprised when it didn’t turn out well. It wasn’t designed for that purpose. Yet despite everything neuroscience, psychology and our own experience tells us, most still think we’re falling short when we get stressed, even though we are clearly not ‘designed’ for the modern world.

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Over the last few months, the art of colouring has exploded inside colouring books for adults. Grown men and women are picking up their coloured pencils to fill in the white spaces on the many intricate designs laid out in these beautiful books.

Why has colouring suddenly become so popular? It could have something to do with the way the activity makes us feel. It soothes and calms us, and gives us a way to release stress. Good Day At Work Content Editor, Tori Wastnedge, speaks to Art Therapist and author, Lacy Mucklow, about the many wellbeing benefits of colouring-in.

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Stress. It’s as much a part of our modern day office vernacular as paperclips, coffee rounds and conference calls. More than that, it’s also the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK – two out of every three days off are stress-related – and a catalyst for longer term physical and mental illness. So, how do we start to tackle a problem that has so much sway over our wellbeing, and the health of the British economy?

Recently, Dame Sally Davies – Chief Medical Officer of the NHS – revealed that the cost of these lost working days adds up to £100bn over the past five years. The numbers are getting bigger, which has prompted many public and private sector businesses to look at their wellbeing strategies. The fact remains, though, that even in the most supportive working structures, mental health can be an intimidating subject to broach with colleagues and senior to top management.

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