April is stress awareness month, and in 2022 it seems more people than ever before are feeling stress.
Research from the Mental Health Foundation has found that in the last year, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point that they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
What is Stress?
If you feel overloaded by demands being placed on you, or your reaction to being put under pressure is to feel upset, worried, or unable to cope, you might describe yourself as feeling stressed. Stress is not a weakness, and no one should feel they will be judged if they admit they are struggling dealing with stress. Stress can affect anybody.
Sometimes the stress in our lives is not something we have any power to change – it is during these times you should try and change your approach to situations. Try to…
Recognize when you don’t have control, and let it go.
Avoid getting anxious about situations that you cannot change.
Take control of your reactions and focus your mind on something that makes you feel calm and in control.
Develop a vision for healthy living, wellness, and personal growth, and set realistic goals to help you realize your vision.
Here are some basic ideas to help you cope with stress…
Take care of yourself – eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, give yourself a break if you feel stressed.
Discuss your problems with a parent, friend or another trusted source.
Avoid drugs and alcohol.
Recognize when you need more help – know when to talk to a psychologist, social worker or counselor if things continue.
Where to access Support.
National and Online Support
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