STRESS AWARENESS MONTH
With April being stress awareness month, we thought it was a good idea to come together and share a few of our tips on how to deal with stress.
Stress is something that everyone has experienced in their lives, and it is therefore important to acknowledge the impact it can have on your day to day life. Stress usually derives from feeling under pressure and it can result in people feeling unmotivated, anxious and overwhelmed, which in turn can lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion.
In particular, the past year has seen an increase in stress, with the COIVD-19 pandemic having a major effect on our lives and causing feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. This has resulted in many of us facing stressful challenges which we wouldn’t of ever predicted.
With on average 52% of adults expressing that stress related to the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health (KFF Health Tracking Poll 2020), showing the strong correlation between stress and poor mental health.
This ultimately means that bringing awareness to stress and learning how to manage it is essential, helping you and others become more resilient and improving your overall mental health.
That’s why this stress awareness month we have decided to share a number of our tips on how to deal with stress and also enlighten you on ways you can get support.
Write down all the tasks you need to complete in a to-do list in priority order, allowing you to visualise what needs to be done and when.
Make sure you dedicate set time to keeping your body active as this helps to reduce negative energy and takes your mind off.
Take time out of your day for yourself, allowing you to relax and unwind. This could be watching your favourite TV show, or starting a new book.
If a large piece of work appears overwhelming, divide it into separate smaller tasks to make your workload more manageable.
Take time to list down a few things you are grateful for, no matter how small or big. This helps to make you appreciate what you have.
Understand that it’s normal to be feeling this way and don’t be afraid to speak out about how you’re feeling and ask for support. A problem shared is a problem halved.
In particular, we think one of the most important ways to deal with stress is by seeking support within the community. There is always the option to reach out to colleagues, family and friends who may be facing the same difficulties. You should never feel like you can’t ask for help if your working environment is promoting an unhealthy work/life balance, and leading to a great deal of stress.
Most importantly, if stress is negatively effecting your life each day and causing you upmost anxiety and distress, talk to someone official like the NHS or charities like MIND & The Samaritans in order to get the support you need.
We hope these tips can help you work towards combatting stress during stress awareness month and beyond.