Stress Awareness Month – Asking Our Experts

April is Stress Awareness Month, a time dedicated to shining light on stress and our ability to manage it.

Since 1992, Stress Awareness Month has been campaigning about the causes and solutions to our modern-day ‘stress epidemic’. For this reason, we asked our team of experts for their top tips and stress-coping strategies. Why not try them and see if they can increase calmness and balance in your everyday routine?

Stress is a part of life. It’s that feeling of pressure or tension that comes when we’re faced with challenges or demands. But stress isn’t always a bad thing it can sometimes motivate us to get things done. However, when stress becomes too much to handle, it can negatively impact our mental and physical health. That’s why it’s important to learn how to manage it more effectively.

Tips we gathered for Managing Stress

  • Take Breaks: When stress starts building up, it’s essential to give yourself permission to take breaks. Step away from whatever’s causing you stress, whether it’s school, finances, relationships, work, or anything else, and do something you enjoy. It could be as simple as listening to music, going for a walk, or spending time with loved ones. Taking breaks helps give your mind and body a chance to recharge.
  • Practice Deep Breathing: Deep breathing exercises are a great way to calm your mind and relax your body. Try this: take a deep breath in through your nose for a count of four, hold it for a count of four, then exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of four. Repeat a few times and notice how it helps ease your stress.
  • Stay Active: Regular physical activity is a fantastic way to reduce stress and boost your mood. Whether it’s going for a run or walk, practising yoga, or dancing, find an activity you enjoy and make it a regular part of your routine.
  • Talk About It: Don’t keep your stress bottled up inside. Talk to someone you trust, a friend, family member, teacher, counsellor or therapist. Sometimes, just talking about your feelings can make them feel less overwhelming.
  • Set Boundaries: Learn to say no to things that add unnecessary stress to your life. It’s okay to prioritise your own wellbeing.
  • Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment and paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Try practising mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply focusing on your surroundings to help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Consider trying out free mindfulness apps such as Insight Timer or Smiling Mind

As we move into Stress Awareness Month in April, set aside some time to reflect on how you can manage your stress and prioritise your mental health. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, check out our website or get in contact with us to find out about our services. We provide safe and supportive spaces where people can take part in activities or engage with services to help improve their wellbeing and build confidence, resilience, skills, connections, and independence. Remember, you’re not alone and we’re here to support you in any way we can.

Posted on: 18th March 2024

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