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newsIOL News reports that according to the 2017 Profmed Stress Index, work remains one of the leading drivers of stress-related illnesses among South African professionals.  

The index, which is compiled from responses by nearly 3,000 of Profmed’s professional membership base, revealed that apart from financial stresses, 45.5% of respondents still saw work as the biggest contributor to stress in their lives.  The impact of work-related and financial stress can work hand in hand, as both can make an impact on a professional’s lifestyle choices and quality of life.  According to the survey, 10% of respondents indicated that they have taken time off from work due to stress-related illnesses over the past six months.  This was a slight increase from the previous year's rating of 9.7%.  Another area of concern was the increase in the number of professionals who indicated that they felt they were not managing stress effectively.  Profmed CEO Graham Anderson advised:  “Finding effective ways to manage stress is what will make the difference in the quality of life for hard-working professionals and is the only way to avoid falling ill to stress-related illnesses.”

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