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Stress Awareness Month
April marks the month of Stress Awareness. So, over the next couple of weeks we will be address several topics and themes centered around stress and how we can tackle these issues with making small daily adjustments.
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. But the question is what does stress look like and how does it have an impact on us both physically and mentally?
- Inability to concentrate or make simple decisions
- Memory lapses
- Easily distracted
- Constantly feeling worries
- Negative thoughts
- Depression and anxiety
- Less intuitive and creative
- Aches/ pains and muscle tension / teeth grinding
- Frequent colds or infections
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Constipation / diarrhoea / irritable bowel syndrome
- Panic attacks / nausea
- Indigestion / heartburn / ulcers
- Dizziness / palpitations
- Heart problems/ high blood pressure
There are millions of us around the UK that are experiencing high levels of stress causing serious damage to our health. With it being one of the great public health challenges of our time, it isn’t taken as seriously as physical health concerns. But with stress being a significant factor in mental health concerns including anxiety and depression and it is also linked to physical problems like insomnia, irritating the digestive system and links to heart conditions.
We as a nation need to understand what is causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take in order to reduce it for ourselves and the people around us.
Here are a couple of things we want you to start thinking about this month
- Let’s talk about stress and how it affects us. We want people to unite and come together to reduce the stigma that is associated with stress by openly discussing it with friends, family and work colleagues.
- How are you coping with stress? Sharing mechanisms that work for you could benefit thousands of people and in the meantime, it might help you take your focus off your own challenges.
- Be kind. It is important that if we can identify someone who is stressed and anxious, we ensure that we take the time to treat those with compassion and empathy.
- Selfcare. It is crucial that we take care of ourselves. Time out of your day to do something that you enjoy or help you to relax can work miracles. Don’t forget to exercise and eat well, even when you feel too stressed.
Here at Health Matters we want to help you. Whilst family and friends are invaluable in everyday advice, sometimes we need to look elsewhere for support as it might all get a little bit too much. Many people may think they can’t afford the professional support that they need, which in turn could mean issues can persist and get worse.
If you are currently feeling like this our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) might be a step in the right direction.
The EAP is an independent source of professional and impartial information, advice and support. The EAP is a 24-hour, 365 day-a-year service, so your employees can access support in their time of need no matter when this may be – the Assistance Programme understands that everybody faces life’s struggles at different times.
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