The theme for April’s Stress Awareness Month 2021 is: Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control
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.
Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression and we are all experiencing anxiety and may feel overwhelmed at the moment due to the pandemic, which has undeniably changed the way we live and work, as well as how we relate to family, friends and colleagues.
Stress and anxiety are linked to physical health concerns like heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems.
We need to see our self-care as the critical element that will support and sustain our mental health and physical wellbeing in these challenging times that we continue to navigate. When we are feeling stressed or anxious, it can help to:-
- Take time to look after yourself -relax when you need to and learn to say no to requests that are too much for you.
- Talk about stress and its effects –talk about the topic openly and freely with friends, family and colleagues.
- Share coping mechanisms – it might benefit someone you care about and may help you to take the focus off your own challenges.
Positive actions to help regain connectivity, certainty and control
Connect and reach out with others
Even though we are all missing physical contact, maintaining positive social relationships virtually and over the phone with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours is just as important for our mental wellbeing.
Spend time outdoors
Getting outside for fresh air, and a change of scenery and benefiting from some vitamin D if the sun is shining will help to restore energy levels.
Give to others
Create positive feelings and a sense of purpose and self-worth through an act of giving or kindness this can help improve your mental wellbeing and to connect with others.
Learn something new today
Whether it’s signing up for a class, reading a book or learning a new word. Continued learning through life can enhance our self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Keep physically active
Being regularly active helps to lower feelings of depression and anxiety. Exercise doesn’t mean joining the gym. There are plenty of activities, including walking, running, gardening, participating in an online fitness or yoga class from the comfort of your own home.
Learning to pay more attention to the present moment and become more aware of our thoughts feelings, body and world around us, can improve our mental wellbeing.
Counselling (talking therapy)
Everyone is validated in discussing their own opinions and emotions, sometimes we just need a safe space and non-judgmental ears to open up to how we are truly feeling. We don’t need to compare to anyone else’s situation, because inevitably, we are all going through this together and we are here to support you through it all.
Even when we’re not sure what we would talk about, we trust our feelings, telling us something isn’t right, is often when some of the best material emerges and transformations happen.
Reach out to our counselling charity
If you’re looking for support to help with whatever is causing you to feel stressed, take control and reach out to our charity.
Part funded counselling appointments: Online | Phone | Face to Face
If you are further afield, please email the Foundation office