April is Stress Awareness Month – and in light of the current circumstances, what a coincidence! Millions of people across the UK (and world, in fact) will be experiencing different levels of stress in the coming weeks and months. This could be the stresses involved with working from home, home schooling your children, managing your finances or quite frankly, trying to do all of these things at once.
So, it’s time to start talking.
For the month of April, it’s our time to generate awareness around stress and even after 28 years of this awareness event, there’s still a long way to go.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of adults in the UK have experienced stress in the last year and felt an overwhelming pressure to “cope”.
Stress can lead to serious health implications both mentally and physically, including anxiety, insomnia and heart disease. Individually, we need to understand what causes our personal stress and create ways to overcome this.
Right now, it’s time to start talking to reduce the stigma which is associated with stress – we are all human at the end of the day. Here are some of our useful tips.
Build a support network
Talking about stress openly with friends, family and colleagues enables you to build a strong support network, not only allowing you to digest your problems but talking about them can actually help you feel like the weight is taken off your shoulders.
Do you ever take time out for yourself?
A great coping mechanism is taking time out for yourself – allowing yourself that well deserved “me time”. Striking the right balance between responsibilities for everybody around you and responsibilities for yourself will help you find the right time to relax.
We always encourage each other to consider one another, but in reality, this has never been more important. Stress can strike in a number of ways – it can be very obvious when somebody is stressed, but it can also be hidden. Whilst stress is a common part of life, it can leave us feeling upset and overloaded so it’s important to always be mindful that others around you may be going through a stressful time.
Escape your responsibilities at least once a week
A fantastic way to de-stress is taking time away from your responsibilities. This could be anything from 20 minutes or a whole day, whatever your lifestyle allows but make sure you find the time. Take this time to do something you enjoy and place yourself at the forefront of your mind.
Throughout this month, we want to help spread awareness.
We’re always here for a chat.