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it’s national stress awareness month
20 Apr 2021
by Jordan Gale

it’s national stress awareness month

This April it is stress awareness month and I think that it is such an important topic to talk about - especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many more people are expected to be stressed during this difficult period of time when most of us are facing a stretch of alienation. Often individuals are unaware that they are stressed. Others may be aware that they are, but do not recognise the need to act.

Stress is almost seen as the norm, accepted as an unavoidable part of a busy life. It can appear that we are supposed to deal with whatever is thrown our way, particularly at work (especially now many work from home) where everyone has so much to do and there are never enough resources.

So, it is important to try and manage your stress or if you need to, ask for help! As you are not alone! In fact, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope! With the majority of people feeling the stress from work. This is why techtimeout is a great way to alleviate stress and anxiety - especially taking part in the #techtimeout10 challenge.

I personally battle with stress on a day to day basis, so If you are struggling with stress too here are my top 5 tips that help me manage my stress levels.




my 5 top tips

  1. Going for a walk- helps reduce my stress as it helps to clear my head and boost my mood! I like to visit new places.

  2. Relaxing my muscles - as when you get stressed your muscles tense. I like to relax mine by having a nice and warm bubble bath.

  3. Eating well - this in general, makes me feel better. I make sure that I have 3 balanced meals a day… while also allowing myself to have a ‘cheat’ night.

  4. Taking a break - This helps distract me from work to give me 10 minutes to recharge. In my role, I have to be very creative which means I need to be able to think clearly. Taking regular breaks means I have the headspace to think creatively. I like to read a book for 10 minutes, or go and have a water break.

  5. Talking - this one can feel scary - however, it helps me to be able to talk to someone about my stress and worries.

helplines

If you need to talk to someone about your stress, you can find a variety of mental health helplines here:

Get help from a mental health charity helpline - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


You can also follow us on social media for posts related to how a healthier relationship with your screens can help your stress levels.


Resources:

The importance of stress awareness | Ieso (iesohealth.com)

Mental health statistics: stress | Mental Health Foundation