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Britam Uganda Launches Unit Trust Funds

Britam Asset Managers (Uganda) Ltd. has officially launched three types of Unit Trust Funds namely Britam Money Market Fund, Britam Umbrella Fund and ...

Britam Tower named top skyscraper in Africa in global architecture awards

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Britam shareholders approve divident of 45 cents per share

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Britam shareholders approve Kshs. 5.7 billion investment by AfricInvest Equity Fund

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BRITAM LAUNCHES ASSET MANAGEMENT COMPANY IN UGANDA

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Britam partners with fintech app KOA to enable more Kenyans to access savings and investme...

Britam Asset Managers and Kenya-based fintech startup KOA, have today announced a partnership to offer customers access to low risk investment opportu...

Britam Delivers Mixed Performance Despite Covid-19 Impact

Britam Holdings recorded a gross revenue of Shs 28.8 billion, representing a 4 percent increase from Shs 27.7 billion reported in the prior year ended...

Britam Tanzania and Vodacom Tanzania Partnership

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Britam Announces New Executive Appointments To Drive Customer Focus And Deliver Growth

Britam Holdings Plc has today announced a new executive team that will deliver enhanced service to its customers and position the company for long-ter...

Britam Holdings PLC Announces New Customer Centric Organisational Structure

The Board of Britam Holdings Plc has today announced a new organisational structure that will result in a more competitive, efficient and customer-ce...

BRITAM ANNOUNCES GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR CHANGES

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Tavaziva Chadamoyo Madzinga as the Group Managing Director of Britam Holdings Plc effective 1s...

Britam Half Year Results Impacted by Negative Effects of Covid-19 on Listed Equities and P...

Britam Holdings has today reported a gross earned revenue of Shs 13.8 billion, a 9 percent  increase from Shs 12.6 billion from 30 June 2019. This gro...

Britam shareholders approve Shs 631 million dividend.

Shareholders of Britam Holdings Plc have approved a final dividend of 25 cents per share for the financial year that ended on 31st December, 2019 duri...

Britam Launches Tele-health Services to Provide Healthcare Access to Corporate, SME and Mi...

Britam has launched Tele-health services, dubbed Britam Afya Mikononi, with an aim of providing its clients with remote healthcare during the Covid-19...

Appointment of Deputy Chairman of Britam Holdings Plc - Mr. Mohamed Said Karama

 Britam Holdings Plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mohamed Said Karama as the Deputy Chairman of the Board with effect from 12th May 2...

Britam Imarika Fund April 2020 Commentary.

Imarika Fund Return for the month was 1.04% implying an annualized return of 13.41% p.a. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated to have grown by 5...

Britam Donates Shs15 Million to COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Britam Holdings Plc has today contributed Shs15 Million towards the Government’s efforts to contain the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Kenya. The mo...

Britam Posts Shs 4.6 Billion Pre-Tax Profit in 2019

During the period under review, the Asset Management business recorded good performance with Assets Under Management (AUM) of Shs 227 billion, an acce...

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Five Things You Should Know About Stress

Everyone feels stressed from time to time. But what is stress? How does it affect your health? And what can you do about it?

Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Every type of demand or stressor—such as exercise, work, school, major life changes, or traumatic events—can be stressful.

Stress can affect your health. It is important to pay attention to how you deal with minor and major stress events so that you know when to seek help.

 

Here are Five things you should know about stress:

 

1.) Stress affects everyone

Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Some people may cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events more quickly than others. There are different types of stress—all of which carry physical and mental health risks. A stressor may be a one time or short term occurrence, or it can be an occurrence that keeps happening over a long period of time.

 

Examples of stress include:

  • Routine stress related to the pressures of work, school, family, and other daily responsibilities
  • Stress brought about by a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or illness
  • Traumatic stress experienced in an event like a major accident, war, assault, or a natural disaster where people may be in danger of being seriously hurt or killed. People who experience traumatic stress often experience temporary symptoms of mental illness, but most recover naturally soon after.
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  • 2.) Not all stress is bad. 
  • Stress can motivate people to prepare or perform, like when they need to take a test or interview for a new job. Stress can even be life-saving in some situations. In response to danger, your body prepares to face a threat or lee to safety. In these situations, your pulse quickens, you breathe faster, your muscles tense, your brain uses more oxygen and increases activity—all functions aimed at survival.
  •  3.) Long-term stress can harm your health
  • Health problems can occur if the stress response goes on for too long or becomes chronic, such as when the source of stress is constant, or if the response continues after the danger has subsided. With chronic stress, those same life-saving responses in your body can suppress immune, digestive, sleep, and reproductive systems, which may cause them to stop working normally.

    Different people may feel stress in different ways. For example, some people experience mainly digestive symptoms, while others may have headaches, sleeplessness, sadness, anger or irritability. People under chronic stress are prone to more frequent and severe viral infections, such as the flu or common cold.

    Routine stress may be the hardest type of stress to notice at first. Because the source of stress tends to be more constant than in cases of acute or traumatic stress, the body gets no clear signal to return to normal functioning. Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, as well as mental disorders like depression or anxiety.

  • 4.) There are ways to manage stress 
  • The effects of stress tend to build up over time. Taking practical steps to manage your stress can reduce or prevent these effects. The following are some tips that may help you to cope with stress:

    Recognize the Signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.

    Talk to Your Doctor or Health Care Provider. Get proper health care for existing or new health problems.

    Get Regular Exercise. Just 30 minutes per day of walking can help boost your mood and reduce stress.

    Try a Relaxing Activity. Explore stress coping programs, which may incorporate meditation, yoga, tai chi, or other gentle exercises. For some stress-related conditions, these approaches are used in addition to other forms of treatment. Schedule regular times for these and other healthy and relaxing activities.

    Set Goals and Priorities. Decide what must get done and what can wait, and learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload.

    Note what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have been unable to do.

    Stay Connected with people who can provide emotional and other support. To reduce stress, ask for help from friends, family, and community or religious organizations.

  •  5.) If you’re overwhelmed by stress, ask for help from a health professional.
  • You should seek help right away if you have suicidal thoughts, are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope, or are using drugs or alcohol to cope. Your doctor may be able to provide a recommendation.

  • For more information
  • For more information on conditions that affect mental health, write to casemanagment@britam.com

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