Stress is defined as “a feeling of being under abnormal pressure”. Most of us experience stress to some degree in our daily lives – from increased workloads to transitional periods, arguments or financial worries. It’s important we find a way to balance these pressures and know what steps to take when we start to feel out of our depth.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on stress – helping people to identify the common signs you can look out for. The campaign “Stress: Are we coping” (14-20 May 2018) draws attention to the issue and how we can tackle stress – which can lead to more serious problems.
Two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, with stress being a key factor. So, it’s important we understand how to manage and reduce it wherever possible. We should never be afraid to reach out when we need to.
The Mental Health Foundation suggests 3 steps to take when feeling stressed:
1. Realise when it is causing you a problem
2. Identify the causes
3. Review your lifestyle
And a further 7 steps to help protect yourself from stress:
1. Eat healthily
2. Be aware of smoking and drinking alcohol
4. Take time out
5. Be mindful
6. Get some restful sleep
7. Don’t be too hard on yourself