Stress Awareness Month 2021 – April 1 – April 30
Stress is one of the key causes of physical diseases such as heart diseases, digestive problems, issues with the immunity system. High-levels of stress is also associated with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Stress Management Society created Stress Awareness Month to increase awareness of stress, its impacts on our health and wellbeing as well as ways in which to cope with it.
Is stress always bad?
Stress is not always bad and in fact, it is a necessary part of our lives. For example, “eustress” or “good stress” is what we feel when we are in an exciting situation such as riding a roller coaster or going on a first date. Stress becomes detrimental when it is present in our lives over long periods of time. Even then there is the possibility of turning “bad stress” into “good stress”.
Coping with stress
Stress comes about when we do not feel able to tackle our perceived threats. The Stress Management Society explains that stress happens when demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilise An important first step in the process of overcoming stress is to minimise the perceived threat or demands. According to Verywell Mind, these are some simple steps to take when feeling overwhelmed by a situation:
- Focusing on the resources you have to meet a challenge
- Reminding yourself of your strength
- Having a positive mindset
- Seeing the potential benefits of a situation
Establishing habits such as making sure to get regular exercise, eating healthy, sleeping enough, practising meditation will help you manage stress in the long-term.
Stress Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity for you to reflect on how stress is affecting your life and which steps you can take to ensure you minimise its effects. Stress Management Society has put together a 30-day planner with tips on how to lower your stress level for every day of the month.
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