April is Stress Awareness Month
Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for the modern stress epidemic. Most people feel stressed sometimes and some people find stress helpful or even motivating. But if stress is affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help. According to the Mental Health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Millions of us around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health. 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 problems including anxiety and depression. It is also linked to physical health problems like heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems. Individually we need to understand what is causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us.
The theme for Stress Awareness Month 2021 is ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’.
The 30 Day Challenge
This year The Stress Management Society will be hosting a 30 Day Challenge. They are encouraging you to pick one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day.
It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits, which is why this is a month-long programme. The 30-day challenge will maximise your chances of turning useful knowledge and techniques into positive behavioural change.
As a first step, please download and fill in the 30 Day Challenge Calendar to make your commitments a reality; https://www.stress.org.uk/30daychallenge/
Local Support available
Halton Mental Health Information Point has information and support available on stress as well as a large range of mental health topics. read more at; https://www3.halton.gov.uk/Pages/health/hit/live/mentalhealth/adult.aspx
Wellbeing Enterprises offer local support, social prescribing and a range of activities that can improve your wellbeing. Find out how they can help at: https://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/for-the-public/ or call: 01928 589799
Think Wellbeing offers free NHS therapy for people in Halton with common mental health problems like anxiety, stress or depression, to help you change the way you feel by changing the way you think. Find out more about the support they can offer you at: https://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/think-wellbeing-halton or call: 0151 292 6954
What else could you do for Stress Awareness Month?
- Talk about Stress and it’s effects – lets work together to reduce the stigma that is associated with stress by talking about the topic openly and freely with friends, family and colleagues.
- Share your coping mechanisms – if something has worked for you why not share it. It might benefit someone you care about and in the meantime it might help you take your focus off your own challenges.
- Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious – we are all undoubtedly going to experience stress and anxiety in our lifetime so treat others going through wit with compassion and empathy.
- Look after yourself – we all need to think more about self –care. Take time out of your day to relax or do something that you enjoy. Don’t forget to exercise and eat well, even when you feel too stressed.
- The most crucial thing you can do when you are stressed or anxious is to make sure you are continuing to look after yourself. Make time to relax when you need to and learn to say no to requests that are too much for you.
You can read information on stress from the NHS at: https://bit.ly/2Q7on2n