Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stresses. I think we can all relate to some form of feelings of stress this past year. Stress is one of the great public health challenges of our time, but it still isn’t being taken as seriously as physical health concerns. Stress is a significant factor in mental health. One of the difficulties with stress is that people experience stress in different ways. This contributes to stress manifesting itself differently. Stress targets the weakest part of our physiology or character; if you are prone to headaches cold sores or eczema, this will flare up. Below are a few do’s and don’t to try. If you are prone to getting stressed recognizing it first and foremost is a great place to start.
~try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member or health professional. You could also contact Samaritans, call: 116 123 or email: email@example.com if you need someone to talk to
~find out more about 10 stress busters – including getting started with exercise and setting aside time for yourself
~use easy time-management techniques to help you take control
~use calming breathing exercises
~plan ahead for stressful days or events – planning long journeys or making a list of things to remember can really help
~consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help each other. Find out more about peer support on the Mind website
~listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides
~search and download relaxation and mindfulness apps or online community apps from the NHS apps library
~do not try to do everything at once – set small targets you can easily achieve
~do not focus on the things you cannot change – focus your time and energy into helping yourself feel better
~try not to tell yourself that you’re alone – most people feel stressed at some point in their life and support is available
~try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve stress – these can all contribute to poor mental health
The link below. Taking you from Distress to De-stress is a PDF created by the stress management society. Its worth taking a look through.