April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month 2021. This event has been held since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
The Mental health Foundation has found 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. 65% of people have felt more stressed since the start of the COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020. Millions of people around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress that is extremely damaging to our health. Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Stress is also linked to serious physical health problems such as heart disease, problems with the immune system etc.
It is imperative to find the root of your stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us. The month of April is our opportunity to help break the stigma : talk about stress and its effects with your friends and colleagues, and show compassion to those who are feeling anxious. The world is currently gripped in a very scary situation so it is completely normal and justified to have these feelings centred on COVID-19.
Tips for maintaining stress:
-Shut down social media for a few days/weeks. Avoid constantly consuming the news on COVID ultimately this will cause you some panic .
-Discuss the causes with family and friends. They might even be able to offer you some tips on how to manage.
-Take some time out. It’s important to give yourself a break from working and daily life. This might just be once a week to look after yourself.