Stress Awareness Month Statistics

Stress Awareness Month Statistics

Stress Awareness Month happens each April. It’s important to learn some strategies for coping with this particular  issue. Stress awareness Month, which always happens in April, has now been going for 19 years and things just don’t appear to be getting better.
Stress can be debilitating, and it can cause and/or aggravate health problems.
Stress is a normal part of human existence — nobody is immune to it — it’s important to arm ourselves with knowledge so that we recognise when stress rears its ugly head. (Amazingly, we don’t always notice it’s happening to us.)

In this series of podcasts we will be looking at various themes concerning stress :

  1. The statistics of stress
  2. Workplace stress
  3. Signs of a stressful workplace
  4. Stress and Covid 19
  5. Managing & coping strategies to combat stress
  6. Measure your workplace stress
  7. Evaluate your stress levels.


  • It reminds us to pay attention to our health – According to the official website, “Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.”
  • It’s going strong – Stress Awareness Month has been an ongoing campaign of awareness and education since 1992 – 19 years already.
  • Because we’re all feeling it – A recent survey found that about two-thirds of workers report engaging in behavior such as drinking or crying regularly in order to deal with stress.

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    How stressed do you feel in life in general and the Covid 19 Pandemic?
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How was the Covid jab for you ?

How was the Covid jab for you ?

The Covid vaccinations are being rolled out across the world and whether you agree with the vaccine or not,  the vocabulary is worth knowing.

Listen as Joyce in the UK talks about her experience. She gives a step by step account of what she had to do and how she feels about it.

Listen out for key vocabulary:

a jab

an appointment

a dummy run

to register

ushers + to be ushered


a needle

a sore arm

side effects

a sticker 

As Joyce lives in the UK the call was recorded by Zoom, so you may hear some slight changes in sound level from time to time.

Animal Pet Day 11th April

Animal Pet Day 11th April

National Pet Day is April 11, although if you’re a pet owner, you know there’s not a day that goes by that you don’t celebrate your animal companion! So hug your hedgehog, bond with your bunny, and cut your kitty some catnip!

Which pets do you have ? Cats ? Dogs? Rabbits ? So many to choose from !

Which pets give you the most joy ?

Listen as Chris (a dog lover) and Sue (a cat lover) talk about the extraordinary pet facts…. they’re quite amazing !

Be sure to indulge your pets today !

How to really Learn vocabulary part 1

How to really Learn vocabulary part 1

In this series we are going to be looking at ways that we can enhance and improve our learning and perhaps crushing some of the myths about learning techniques that we learnt in school.

Every day we meet people with different techniques for learning vocabulary, but most of them revolve around some pretty shaky ideas, those being ‘if you write stuff down, you’ve learnt it.’

If only things were that simple …

This rarely works, due mainly to the fact that some important steps have been missed out – those being, actively learning the vocabulary and then actively using it.

Let’s put this in prallel with sport, to illustrate the idea.

Imagine that you are a huge cycling fan and you love the Tour de France and you would like to experience the grueling (look that one up if you like) hardships of a day riding in the mountains of the Tour de France.

So, you get all the magazines about the Tour and mountain cycling, you have the maps and you have read all the technical stuff on hydration and nutrition during a massive climb in the Pyrenees mountains in the south of France.

You have even chosen your mountain, Le Col du Tourmalet – wow! that’s a big one, and have bought a fabulously expensive ‘S-Works’ bicycle for the climb. 

You’ve seen the videos and read all the information, but that’s as far as you go – THAT is how a lot of people learn – they don’t go the final mile of training before getting on the bike after weeks of muscle and stamina building. They don’t prepare for the day that they will be climbing Tourmalet on their bike.

OK, they know all about Tourmalet, Le Tour de France and mountaing cycling – but they have no guarantee of ever being able to achieve the ascent of a mountain on their bicycle.

Listen to the podcast, N°1 in a series, to get some ideas to improve your learning.


European Champions Cup Rugby Last 16 qualifiers

European Champions Cup Rugby Last 16 qualifiers

European Champions Cup Rugby Last 16 qualifiers

No Top14 Rugby this weekend and the 6 Nations has finished, but the Champions Cup rugby continues for the next two weeks – this week the last 16 clubs fight for their places in the 1/4 finals, which will be played on the following weekend.

The matches this weekend feature the following;

Leinster v Toulon

Gloucester v La Rochelle

Wasps v Clermont

Munster v Stade Toulousain

Exeter Chiefs v Lyon

Racing 92 v Edinburgh

Union Bordeaux Bèbles v Bristol Bears

Llanelli Scarlets v Sale Sharks

Some great matches to be played – try and predict the scoresor the winners & losers before listening to the podcast to see how good your general knowledge of rugby is.


Presentation skills:  warm up your voice with diction exercises

Presentation skills: warm up your voice with diction exercises

In a previous podcast Effective Presentation Skills we talked about warming up before doing a presentation or speaking in public.

But what does “warming up” actually involve ?

In this podcast Chris explains the importance of breathing and focus in order to reduce stress, and Sue gives some diction exercises which help with articulation and problem sounds for different nationalities.

These exercise are not intended to make you worry about a perfect English (British) accent but they are aimed at helping you move your mouth in certain ways to help you get the best pronunciation you can. 

Remember that as a non-native English speaker having an accent is quite normal but when speaking in a professional situation always try to speak clearly with a good beginning and a crisp ending to words. In more informal settings you don’t need to be so particular.

Here are the exercises:

1.Blue blood, black blood.    Black bug, blue bug.

2. Down the deep damp dark dank den,

3. Four furious friends fought for the phone,

4. Hotdog, Hamburger

In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire hurricanes hardly ever happen, 

5. Kiss her quick, kiss her quicker, kiss her quickest.

6. You know New York, You need New York, You know you need unique New York.

7. Pearls, please, pretty Penelope,   Pretty Penelope, pearls please

8. Sister Susie sat on the sea shore sewing shirts for sailors.

9. Where were you yesterday?

10. Red leather, yellow leather.   Red lorry, yellow lorry.

Take a listen:

To go further into the topic of presentations, take a listen to Effective Presentation Skills Episode 2.



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