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?