Wednesday 4th November is Stress Awareness Day and this year’s one couldn’t have fallen at a better time. During the current pandemic, where we are facing a huge amount of uncertainty, it is understandable to feel more stressed than you would usually. It is important that in this time you take some time out for yourself and practice self care where you can. especially as The Mental Health Foundation have found that at least 74% of people have been stressed in the last year. The National Health Service have shared some great top tips that may help you with this.
They include –
- Plan ahead – While the current pandemic causes constant change it cant always be easy to plan ahead. However, planning out any upcoming stressful days or events where you can. Creating a to-do list, the journey you need to do, things you need to take – can really help organise your time.
- Split up big tasks – If a task seems overwhelming and difficult to start, try breaking it down into easier chunks, and give yourself credit for completing them. You definitely deserve it!
- Talk to someone – Letting off some steam and opening up to trusted friends, family or colleagues can all help us when we are struggling. Health care professionals can also provide support – you can contact us or any available helpline through crisis support.
- Be more active – Being active can help you to burn off nervous energy. It will not make your stress disappear, but it can make it less intense.
- Allow yourself some positivity – Take time to think about the good things in your life. Each day, consider what went well and try to list 3 things you’re thankful for.