What is National Stress Awareness Month?
Today marks the first day of Stress Awareness Month, something that has taken place every April since 1992 to increase awareness about both the causes and cures for stress.
How big is the problem?
The Mental Health Foundation found that 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. The biggest worry is that long-term or excessive stress can manifest into more significant health issues such as anxiety, depression and heart disease.
Feeling overwhelmed with stress?
We all get stressed sometimes but we hope the NHS’ “10 stress busters” will help you to take steps to free yourself of the detrimental effects of stress:
- Be active: exercise can reduce some of the emotional intensity that you are feeling and help you clear your thoughts.
- Take control: taking control is a crucial part of finding a solution that satisfies you and not someone else.
- Connect with people: a good support network of colleagues, friends and family can ease your work troubles and help you see things in a different way.
- Have some “me time”: think about setting aside a couple of nights a week for some quality “me time” away from work.
- Challenge yourself: setting yourself goals and challenges will help you build your confidence and deal with stress.
- Avoid unhealthy habits: don’t rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as your ways of coping. While these may provide temporary relief, they won’t make the problems disappear.
- Help other people: evidence shows that people who help others, through maybe volunteering or community work, become more resilient.
- Work smarter, not harder: this means prioritising your work and concentrating on the tasks that will make a real difference.
- Try to be positive: try writing down 3 things that went well, or for which you’re grateful, at the end of every day. Look for the positives in life and things for which you are grateful.
- Accept the things you can’t change: try to concentrate on the things you do have control over.
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