Today is the most stressful day of the year!

According to some research we should expect to be very stressed today, if we lived in the UK. Whether this stress is transferable over here I’m not sure. The great news is that we can get this deeply stressful day out of the way early. Get through today and the rest of the year is a piece of cake.

What is not transferable is the idea of being irritated by the sound of your colleague “eating noisily”. I assume this applies to those chicken coop office layouts where you’re all sat on each other’s laps and eat your lunch at the desk while your neighbour is busy trying to collect some bad debts or whatever? Over here everyone would retire to the kitchen and dine properly!

What is transferable is sniffing and today the culprit will be myself! I’ve caught the second dose of cold/flu of the season and am feeling pretty grim. I shall struggle in to work though and try to get on with it rather than go straight to the doc and spend a week at home. If I don’t feel any better though I may have to submit to drugs and rest in the end.

Anyway, here’s the article:

A combination of the cold weather, economic gloom and end to Christmas festivities will leave workers battling the January blues. It will leave people more likely to become irritated by the slightest things. According to researchers the most common complaints are the sounds of colleagues eating noisily, which annoys nearly a quarter of people. This is followed by sniffing, an irritant to 26 per cent and talking too loudly on the phone, which was cited by 21 per cent.

But rather than bottling up frustrations, experts are urging workers to rant and rave to relieve the tension. Judi James, a psychologist and expert in communications and body language, said: “Releasing tension through shouting and screaming is a really beneficial way to expel the negative energies caused by stress. “January can be one of the most stressful times of the year between sale shopping and recovering from the excesses of the party season, which can stimulate negative behaviours such as rising tension, stress levels and blood pressure. “When this threatens to overwhelm you try a short sustained burst of shouting, or alternatively, go somewhere quiet, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to help calm you down.”

The study of 2,000 adults was commissioned by the RNLI.

As far as I know, the RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Not sure why they get involved in such research. Perhaps as an early warning of how many people are likely to be jumping overboard on any given day?

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6 thoughts on “Today is the most stressful day of the year!

  1. Tell me about it! Our external thermometer at home is in a sheltered position and is usually between 2-4 degrees out from the ‘headline’ temperature. It’s showing -16 right now and it feels like it!

  2. OK, in order:

    1. Glad you got a cold, so there! Serves you right for not getting back to us re if you would be coming over :)

    2. Oh, all right then, get well soon.

    3. Can quite easily understand the ‘eating noisily’ bit. You should hear my dog Ben drinking from his bowl – talk about shlurping – I have to leave the house or block my ears – it drives me mad!

    3a. At the grammer school I attended we were taught never to eat in the street and if caught eating while in our school uniform would get summarily punished.

    4. What’s the big deal with temperatures in the news this year? It’s going to be cold they said. Temperatures falling to below -10. So what? Is this for the benefit of the poles returning from Blighty or haven’t we got any other news worth the media exaggerating?
    We’ve regularly had -15 to -35 and we didn’t go trumpeting it all about the place.

    5. Giving expression to anger by shouting etc is best not practised, especially not to the person who’s got you angry. I have been trying to find the reference to medical studies that show anger and its expression/ venting affects the heart in a detrimental way in Daniel Goleman’s book ‘Emotional Intelligence’ but can’t put my finger on it – so here’s this instead http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/heart-health/200808/anger-and-your-heart

    6. Three cheers for the RNLI, hip! hip!…..

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