Parents among stressed workers

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stressed at workWork can be draining and demanding, and many parents suffer with stress as a result.

Mums and dads are among those at the sharp end, as we juggle work responsibilities with bringing up children and worrying over job security amid the tough economic climate.

The recent Stress Awareness Day came after figures from charity Mind showed that nearly half of workers suffered from stress, with widespread cuts and streamlining among firms adding to the pressure.

However there is help out there, it's just knowing where to look.

Earlier this year the Government launched consultations to give mums and dads a better deal when it comes to fitting work around their children and achieving that all-important work-life balance.

The measures saw firms urged to encourage their employees to take all the holidays they are entitled too, as well as considering flexibility on where the work is done.

So, if you're feeling stressed out and need some help, it may be worth talking to your boss about the potential to work from home, or maybe the option of spreading your workload with a job share.

Another option may be flexible working. We all know how demanding it is when the school holidays come around and we have to fork out for childcare while we go to work, or make arrangements with family.

But firms are now being urged to consider allowing people to work hours which fit around parental commitments.