HSE defines stress as "the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them".
Over five million people are looking for a way to reduce stress and make life easier, but this is something that is becoming increasingly difficult in modern life.
One organization that offers help and support is Lifestyle Source, which is itself a “trusted directory for a balanced lifestyle". It is essentially a business that provides listings for services in Surrey, but with an onus on quality rather than quantity. Michael de Lemos, one of the directors, said: ‘If you need an accountant, you can go to the Yellow Pages, but you won't know what you're getting. With Lifestyle Source you will get peace of mind.’
The company provides listings for all kinds of services, from decorators to accountants and even spiritual healers, but it will only recommend vetted suppliers. The supplier will not only have a track record of getting the job done properly, but will have been recommended to the company by word of mouth and have been vetted for qualifications, references and insurance certificates.
Michael said: ‘We meet with every provider and assess them personally. If their ethos is not the same as ours - to provide a good service - they are turned away.’
Every supplier is interviewed, taking word of mouth marketing to the next level. The concept is based on givers gain (www.giversgain.org.uk) - if I give you business, you will give me business - and our members are encouraged to use the directory.
Michael said: "We all make New Year's resolutions. We always say 'let's get fit' or 'lets give up smoking'. Whatever it is, Lifestyle Source can provide experts in these areas."
How It Works
The way the business works is very simple. Customers log on to www.lifestylesource.com and access the services they need. They are then given the details of the service provider and can speak directly to them. Not only do members gain access to these services, but they are also given other benefits as some providers offer preferential rates to customers from Lifestyle Source.
Michael said: ‘Everyone understands that we need something like this in today's society. There is nothing like it in Surrey. It's a new concept. The whole of the country should have access to something like this. It's a case of getting new people on board to develop more areas.
‘People have remarked on the amount of time they're saving or have said how impressed they are with the quality throughout the network," said Michael. ‘Everyone can relate to stress, and primarily it's about reducing stress levels.’
For more information see Lifestyle Source website at www.lifestylesource.com