STRESS: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
April is Stress Awareness Month and has been held in April since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
“I’m feeling stressed”. The term stress has become a phrase many of us openly relate to and use in our modern vocabulary when we talk about our emotional wellbeing.
Stress is something that many of us experience, which in turn feeds into mental health problems including anxiety and depression. Stress can have a detrimental impact on our physical health, including problems like heart disease, our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems.
According to the Mental Health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Tips for coping with Stress:
We can combat the affects of stress, whether it’s through seeking counselling or taking up a physical activity:
- Talk and listen to friends, family and colleagues.
- Be nice to those around you who are feeling stressed and anxious
- Look after yourself – we all need to think more about self-care.
- Discover a way to relax and do something that you enjoy.
- Exercise! Whether you cycle, run, swim, join a yoga class, the benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly.
Did you know activities — such as walking or jogging — that involve repetitive movements of large muscle groups can be particularly stress relieving.
If you would like to explore counselling with the Foundation, please contact us: