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Stress Awareness Month 2021

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April is Stress Awareness Month. It has been held every April since 1992 to increase awareness about the causes and cures for modern day stress that affects so many of us.

Many of us experience high levels of stress and it can be extremely damaging to our health. Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, and it is also linked to physical health problems like heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and more.

Living through the coronavirus pandemic for the past year has caused even more stress, as we struggle to cope with the overwhelming uncertainty.

What can I do?

The Stress Management Society (https://www.stress.org.uk/) suggests a list of things that you can do this month to help raise awareness and break the stigma around stress, whether it is you or someone that you know who is struggling:

  • Talk about stress and its effects – reduce the stigma associated with stress by talking about it 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 may help you take your focus off your own challenges.
  • Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious – we are all likely to experience stress and anxiety in our lifetime, so treat others 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.

If you need support…

Community Living Well Talking Therapies (IAPT) provides a range of support for when you experience difficult emotions, such as low mood, anxiety and stress. It can also support people with managing the practical and emotional aspects of living with long-term physical health conditions.

Find out more about Talking therapies (IAPT), or to refer yourself, complete this online form or call 020 3317 4200.

Author: Stewart Gillespie
Posted on: 8th April 2021

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