Stress Awareness Week

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. It is the body's normal response to pressure and is something that everyone will experience at some point in their lifetime. The thing with stress is that everyone is different and unique. Some people may have a higher threshold for stress, some may be triggered by different behaviors, and some may not experience it much at all. This is why International Stress Awareness week was created to help support people in noticing signs of stress in themselves and others, as well as learning techniques to overcome symptoms.

Symptoms of Stress

Some of the most common symptoms of stress can be split into four areas, with some examples below:

Psychological

Difficulty concentrating

Being forgetful

Emotional

Feeling overwhelmed

Constant worry

Physical

Headaches

Dizziness

Stomach problems

Behavioural

Irritable

Drinking more alcohol

Smoking more

Eating too much or too little

These are just a few examples of symptoms of stress, although there are more. To find out more about the symptoms of stress, please visit the NHS Website

Coronavirus

It goes without saying that the Covid-19 Pandemic has made many people feel unsettled and stressed. Whether this is from home schooling, to being on furlough, to losing your job or experiencing a combination of the complications that come with Coronavirus. This is why we have made a list of some great tips below on how you can manage stress on a day to day. These are also good when we aren’t in a pandemic as a way to manage and overcome stress! 

  • Stay Connected - talk to a family member or friend about how you are feeling

  • Talk to a support service about your stress (see below for links)

  • Try relaxation and calming strategies (podcasts, apps etc)

  • Keep moving - aim to be active at least once per day

  • Laugh! Laughing actively relieves your stress response, making you feel more relaxed

  • Self care - take time out of your day to relax, be alone and take care of yourself both physically and mentally

  • Be kind to others - people around you may not look as though they are struggling, but they might just be really good at hiding it! Check in with them to make sure they are okay

Useful Support:

If you would like some support with how to manage stress, take a look below at some other useful websites:

NHS Mental Health Support

Mind

Buckinghamshire Mind

Samaritans

Stress Awareness Week