Stress and poor mental health are one of the biggest public health challenges that we’re facing. Sadly, even though that is the case, we are still not taking its impact seriously enough. Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern-day stress epidemic
Stress is a normal part of life and can be caused by a variety of factors such as work, relationships, finances, and health issues. While it may not be possible to completely eliminate stress from your life, there are several steps you can take to reduce and manage stress:
1. Identify the source of your stress: Determine what is causing your stress and try to address it directly. If you cannot change the situation, try changing your perspective or reaction to it.
2. Practice relaxation techniques: Engage in activities that help you relax and reduce tension such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or tai chi.
3. Exercise regularly: Physical activity can help you manage stress by releasing endorphins that improve your mood and reduce tension.
4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and avoiding excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption can help reduce stress levels.
5. Manage your time: Prioritize your tasks and break them into manageable pieces. This can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and reduce stress levels.
6. Seek support: Talk to a trusted friend, family member, or therapist when you are feeling stressed. Having someone to share your feelings with can help reduce stress levels.
Remember that everyone experiences stress differently, so it’s important to find the strategies that work best for you. If you’re having trouble managing stress on your own, consider seeking additional support. Stress Management Society have put together ‘The 30 day challenge’ they encourage you to pick one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day take a look here.