Tackling stress for Stress Awareness Day4 November, 2014
What is Stress Awareness Day?
November 5th marks the 16th annual National Stress Awareness Day – a day dedicated to encouraging people to stop and consider their mental health.
Last year a study suggested that almost half of Britons consider themselves to be stressed*. With numerous health implications caused or exacerbated by excessive or sustained stress, it is important that we are both aware of our stress levels and of ways to alleviate stress.
Step by step guide to managing stress
- The first step is to understand your stress and it is worth taking a test which can help:
- The second is to read through our 5 top tips.
- The last is to…well, take your pick from our list and get relaxing!
Beagle Street’s top tips
Be more organised: As they always say “fail to prepare and prepare to fail” – get organised and things often fall in to place.
Me time is important: It is easy to focus on others but it is vital to set aside some time to be a little self-indulgent. This might be a long bath or a lie in on a Saturday morning – beauty of it is it’s up to you!
Get a sweat on: Aside from all the medical reasons for doing it, sometimes it helps to just get away from whatever is worrying you and blast away the cobwebs.
Talk to someone: “A problem shared…” may be one of the oldest clichés in the book but there is truth in it. There is a lot to be gained from bouncing ideas off a friend or even just venting.
Know your limitations: Or said a little more poetically by Francis of Assisi – “Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”