Stress Awareness Month
There’s no doubt that the last 12 months have increased our stress levels. Changing work patterns, family relationships, redundancy (or the threat of it), financial pressures, worries about your health and that of your family and juggling work, childcare and home schooling it’s safe to say that we’ve all been carrying more stress than is healthy.
Not being able to access our usual stress busting coping strategies such as meeting friends for a coffee, going to the gym, a wander round the shops or just a simple hug from a family member or friend have left many of us feeling more stressed than we ever have before. As we slowly make our way out of lockdown Stress Awareness Month is a good time to have a think about our stress levels and how we can begin to address some of the stress in our lives.
The Stress Management Society have some great resources to help you evaluate your stress levels work out how you can begin to feel better. Their 30 day challenge is a really useful place to start. With hints and tips to identify where your stress points are and how to make easy, small and positive changes to your physical, mental and emotional health.
- This link will take you to the 30 Day Challenge
- and this will take you to some hints and tips to manage stress
If you feel that your stress has affected your mental health and you need to talk to someone please do call or contact any one of the charities below. They won’t think you’re wasting their time and are ready and willing to help get you back on track:
- Call 116 123 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
- You can also contact the Samaritans via their website
Call the CALM helpline 0800 58 58 58 24 hours a day 7 days a week or access their WebChat via their website https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/