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Five steps to combatting stress

09th April 2019

Stress Awareness Month is held every April, since 1992 – in the aim to raise public awareness of the topic surrounding the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

Although the understanding around mental health has improved - it’s still not given the exposure it needs. Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation show that 74% of UK adults have felt vulnerable over the past year and have felt subjected to excessive amounts of stress that they are unable to cope with.

How big is the issue?

Across the UK – vast quantities of communities are having to endure high levels of stress that’s harmful to our health due to a reduction in public funding.

Left untreated, it can cause major mental health problems, for instance anxiety and depression. It can also incur physical health problems such as heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems.

If you think you might be suffering from stress, hopefully this blog can encourage you to understand what is causing your stress and provide you with some helpful tips on how to aid it – from the Stress Management Society.

Five steps to combatting stress

Let’s talk – collectively we can beat the stigma that surrounds stress by discussing the topic freely with friends, family and colleagues. Don’t be afraid, you won’t be alone.

Give and receive – expressing your coping mechanisms might help someone else as well as lifting a weight off your shoulders. This way you can also receive feedback on how you can improve your approach to stressful scenarios.

Be kind – acknowledge that people around you could be suffering with stress and anxiety, so try and treat others with compassion and empathy. It could not only make you feel better – but the people around you too.

Find your calling – discover your purpose. Acquiring time out of your day to unwind or doing something that you appreciate, will help to increase your mood massively. Focus on this, to deter all your negative thoughts.

Better well-being – eat well and exercise even when stressed. Science has presented findings that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people. It’s been identified that it may help mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress.

 

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