Stress Awareness Day - 1st November

1st November is Stress Awareness Day. To raise awareness for this day but also to provide information on stress and tips for emotional resilience and stress management, please see below.

 

Stress?

We all experience stress in many ways.

Stress can become a problem when it the normal pressure of daily life becomes overwhelming.

This can, therefore, contribute to a mental health problem such as anxiety or depression.

However, mental health problems can cause stress, especially if the issue is not monitored or treated effectively.

 

How can I deal with pressure?

Identify your triggers

  • So you can anticipate problems and think of solutions
  • Being prepared can help even if you cannot avoid the situation
  • Take time to reflect on events and feelings that could be contributing to your stress

 

Organise your time

  • Identify your best time of day
  • Make a list of things you have to do
  • Vary your activities
  • Try not to do too much at once
  • Take breaks and take things slowly

 

Accept things you cannot change

  • It is not easy but accepting there are things you cannot do anything about will help you focus your time and energy more productively and ease any anxiety

 

Supporting a friend or family member who is stressed?

  • Help them reflect on whether they are stressed
  • Listen to how they are feeling
  • Help them identify their triggers
  • Help them address some causes of stress
  • Aid them to learn and practice relaxation techniques
  • Support them to seek professional help
  • Look after yourself!

 

How can I be more emotionally resilient?

  • Learn how to say no
  • Develop your interests and hobbies
  • Find balance in your life
  • Give yourself a break

- Reward yourself for achievements

- Get a change of scenery

- Take a break or a holiday

- Resolve conflicts

- Forgive yourself

  • Use relaxation techniques
  • Make time for your friends
  • Look after your physical health

- Get good sleep

- Be more physically active

- Eat healthily

  • Use your support network

- Friends and family

- Support at work

- Online peer support

- Specialist websites and organisations

- Your GP

- Our Employee Assistance Programme - CiC

 

Tips on Mindfulness and Relaxation

  • Pause for thought; introduce a few moments throughout the day for this
  • Try a breathing exercise
  • Listen to some music
  • Try active relaxation, such as yoga, Pilates or even a walk outside
  • Where are you happiest? Imagine you are there
  • Increase your awareness and be present in the moment
  • If you have a wandering mind, do not worry - acknowledge your thoughts and choose to bring your attention back to the present moment
  • Go slowly
  • Build it into your routine
  • Try a mindfulness exercise – colouring, an app or a CD
  • Find a course or a practitioner
  • Be kind to yourself - keep practicing if relaxation or mindfulness doesn’t come naturally

 

A copy of this information can be found in our Stress Awareness Leaflet

 

Source: Mind

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