Avoiding the breaking point

Mental health and stress relief at work are topics too important to ignore


From an evolutionary point of view, mankind has been conceived as a hunter for short-term stress situations that have a stimulating effect on him. When faced with high levels of stress – be it a sporting contest or a presentation before a client – we tend to be particularly productive. However, if we are permanently or too frequently subjected to strain, this will ultimately be to the detriment of our energy, creativity and health. The hormonal, neurological and circulatory systems are incapable of regenerating sufficiently from imposed stress – permanent long-term stress paves the way for many serious diseases and physical ailments such as tinnitus, back problems as well as gastrointestinal and cardio-vascular problems.

Christian Gravert

Dr Christian Gravert is a doctor of general and occupational medicine and, from 2003, has led corporate health management at Deutsche Bahn (DB). Before taking up his position at DB, he was a member of the executive board of Medlive TV,  an education channel. From 1996 to 2000 he worked in research education in Washington DC in the US.