April is Stress Awareness Month in the UK. According to the Mental Health Foundation, in the past year, 74 per cent of people have felt so stressed that they were overwhelmed or unable to cope. Of those who responded that they had felt stress, 16 per cent said that they had harmed themselves and 32 per cent said that they had experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings.
Stress is a part of everyday life for many people, so learning to cope while feeling stressed out is an important subject to understand. Consider these stress management steps:
- Reach out—Talking to a friend or family member about stress can help alleviate tension and lead to solutions.
- Exercise—Physical activity releases endorphins, which may help improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress.
- Breathe—When feeling stressed, anxious or panicked, taking a few minutes to regulate and focus on your breathing can help calm your mind.
- Help others—Giving aid to those who might also be in the midst of difficult times can improve your mental health and self-esteem, and take your mind off of what may be stressing you out.
In addition to these recommendations, it is also important for people to avoid falling into bad habits while stressed. Do not rely on smoking, alcohol or other drugs to be your coping mechanism.
If feelings of stress are affecting your daily quality of life, consider talking to your GP. For more information on Stress Awareness Month, click here.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.