Stress Awareness Month 2021 - How to Deal with Stress in the Modern World
Millions of people around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress and it is seriously damaging our health. Stress is probably one of the great public health challenges of our time.
Long term stress can prove to be more than just a mental issue. From headaches to stomach disorders to depression – even very serious issues like stroke and heart disease can come as a result of stress.
We need to understand individually what’s causing our personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us. It can be a long and hard journey, but the first step is always the hardest and you have to put yourself and especially your health in the first place.
WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR STRESS AWARENESS MONTH?
Stress Awareness Month is being held every April, to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
You can too do something to raise awareness for this serious issue in our society!
▫️Talk about stress : share more about the topic openly and freely with friends, family and colleagues.
▫️Share your coping mechanisms: someone you care about might benefit from your experiences and in the meantime it might help you take your focus off your own challenges.
▫️Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious: we are all going to experience stress and anxiety sometime in our lifetime so treat others with empathy.
▫️Look after yourself: take time out of your day to relax or do something that you enjoy.
▫️Learn to say no: probably there is not a single day, when you receive requests that are just too much for you. Try to say no nicely and make sure that you let the other person know the reason behind your rejection.
▫️Recognise when you need help: the hardest thing is to facing yourself and the ugly truth, that you need professional help, but don’t be afraid to raise your voice and ask for advice.
LET’S UNFRIEND STRESS ON EVERY PLATFORM POSSIBLE
Stress is how our brain and body respond to any demand. Basically any type of challenge—such as performance at your workplace, or a significant change in your life, or a traumatic event— all can be stressful.
Coping with the impact of chronic stress is quite challenging. Long-term stress is causing damages in your health, because the body never receives a clear signal to return to normal functioning.
Your body can disturb the immune, digestive, cardiovascular, sleep, and reproductive systems. Some people can experience digestive symptoms, while others may have headaches, sleeplessness, sadness or anger.