Stress Awareness Month
The month of April is Stress Awareness Month. The month aims to ‘increase public awareness about the causes and effects of stress, and how to combat stress in this modern day life’.
The theme for stress awareness month 2021 is ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’.
The current pandemic has affected our lives in so many ways. A study by the Stress Management Society and Huawei AppGalley has found that 65% of people in the UK have felt more stressed since the pandemic began. It is, therefore, important that we all identify the things that cause us stress and explore mechanisms to help us stop, reduce or manage our stress levels.
We have put together a list of resources that could help in identifying the causes of our stress and some useful coping strategies.
The following staff webinars will highlight the causes and effects of stress, and equip participants with simple strategies to help reduce or manage stress levels.
- Monday, 26th April
- Topic: Managing Stress Mindfully
- Time: 3 - 4pm
- Tuesday, 11th May
- Topic: Looking after ourselves in stressful times
- Time: 3 - 4.30pm
Both webinars will be on Microsoft Teams and joining instructions will be shared with all line managers.
10 stress busters
- Stay active – being active will help clear your thoughts and build emotional strength.
- Take control of your situation – taking control can be empowering.
- Connect with family, friends and colleagues – a good laugh can be an excellent stress reliever.
- Self-care / ‘me time’ - take time to relax and do the things you enjoy, or get some restful sleep.
- Challenge yourself – setting new goals, challenges or learning new skills will help build your confidence and emotional strength.
- Be aware of unhealthy habits – getting into unhealthy habits (eg relying on smoking, alcohol or caffeine) will only worsen the situation or create new problems.
- Be kind to others – evidence shows that being kind to others can help reduce stress and improve our emotional and mental wellbeing. Helping others will help create a sense of belonging and reduce isolation, and put things into perspective.
- Be positive and mindful – replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Positive thinking and mindfulness can help reduce your stress, feel better about yourself and improve your overall wellbeing. Look for the positives in life and things that you are grateful for. Try to practice mindfulness regularly.
- Work smarter, not harder – prioritise and concentrate on the tasks that will make a real difference.
- Accept the things you can’t change – focus on the things you can control and be kind to yourself. If you feel you have failed, or are failing, don’t beat yourself up. Take a few minutes each day to appreciate yourself.
Stress Awareness Month 30 Day Challenge
‘The 30 Day Challenge’ encourages you to pick one action each for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing to carry out every day. You could even add actions for your social and spiritual wellness too.
It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits, which is why this is a month-long programme. The 30-day challenge will maximise your chances of turning useful knowledge and techniques into positive behavioural change.
Follow the links below to download and fill in the 30 Day Challenge Calendar, the 30 Day Challenge Hints & Tips and the ‘Coping at Home and Keeping Connected Action Plan’ to make your commitments a reality.
Other helpful links/recourses