Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. 

We understand that the last two years have been challenging and many of you might be struggling and seeking support. As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s vital that the community support during this challenging time continues.  

This year’s theme is Community

A community is much more than just a group of people.  It’s about having a sense of belonging and connection to others and feel supported and accepted. People who are more socially connected to family, friends, or their community are happier, physically healthier and live longer, with fewer mental health problems than people who are less well connected.

Our top tips to reducing and controlling stress

Stress isn’t avoidable but it is manageable. A key action in order to minimise risk is to identify stress-related problems as early as possible, so that action can be taken before serious stress-related illness occurs. Read some of our tips to reduce stress and find out about useful resources below.

Take care of yourself – eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, avoid drugs and alcohol and give yourself a break if you feel stressed.

Discuss your stress - reduce the stigma that is associated with stress by talking about the topic openly and freely with friends, family and colleagues.

Don’t be a slave to tech – an overabundance of screen time, information overload, social media presence, a constant sense of FOMO, selfies and being always available, can lead to more stress. 

Learn to Say No - Make time to relax when you need to and learn to say no to requests that are too much for you.

Recognise when you need more help – know when to talk to a psychologist, social worker or counsellor if stress is affecting your daily life or causing you distress.

More info and resources:

List of mental health and well-being services on the Council website

Mind’s useful support services' contacts page

NHS’s Every Mind Matters page has a lot of useful tips and links to services

Stress Management Society’s page is full of tips and resources to reduce and avoid stress

 

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