Stress Awareness: A Call For Self-Care

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern-day stress epidemic. Stress is a normal part of life. However, the way you handle it can make all the difference to your health and wellbeing. That’s why we are raising awareness about stress and encouraging people to take steps towards better mental health during Stress Awareness Month.

Stress is a normal, everyday part of life.

Stress is a normal, everyday part of life. It’s the body’s response to change and challenge – and it can be positive or negative.

Stress can be caused by external factors (e.g., job) or internal factors (e.g., emotions).

Managing stress is about learning how to adapt to your own lifestyle.

Stress is the body’s reaction to change or threat, and it can be helpful in some situations. For example, when we’re running late for work and need to get moving fast, stress hormones like adrenaline help us focus on getting things done quickly so we don’t miss our train (or bus).

Stress also causes physical changes in your body: increased heart rate; higher blood pressure; increased blood sugar levels leading to more energy–all these things help prepare you for action when they’re needed! But if these changes happen too often over time without any breaks between them (like when someone has a hectic schedule), then this can cause problems like anxiety disorders like panic attacks where people feel like they’re losing control over their emotions or behavior.”

Recognise the signs and symptoms of stress, and talk about it with someone you trust.

Stress is a normal part of life, but it can become a problem when it becomes excessive or goes on for too long.

Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • You feel tense or anxious most of the time.
  • You have trouble sleeping, or wake up earlier than usual (this could be caused by worrying about work).
  • Your appetite changes; you may lose weight or gain weight without trying to change your diet (this could be caused by stress eating).
  • You have trouble concentrating, or find it difficult to make decisions (this could be caused by worrying about work).
  • You have headaches, backaches and other physical symptoms that are not caused by an illness.

Learn more about stress awareness, stress management strategies, such as relaxation techniques, sleep and exercise.

Stress management strategies can help you to deal with the effects of stress:

  • Relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga. These are great ways to reduce stress and improve your mental health by helping you feel calmer and less anxious.
  • Exercise – physical activity is one of the best ways to reduce the symptoms of stress because it releases endorphins in the brain that make us feel happier!
  • Sleep – getting enough sleep every night is essential for good mental health; try going to bed earlier if possible so that when morning comes around again there’s no rush on your part!

If you are feeling anxious or depressed, speak to your doctor or mental health professional.

You are not alone. If you are feeling anxious or depressed, speak to your doctor or mental health professional. There are many different types of treatment available, including talking therapies and medications that can help with anxiety and depression. If you need help, ask for it.

There is no need to suffer alone, so reach out and get the help you need.

It’s easy to feel like you’re all alone when you’re going through a tough time. While it may seem like everyone else has it all together, the truth is that they are just as confused and scared as you are.

You can get help from friends and family members who know you well enough to understand your particular needs, but if they aren’t available in person or by phone/Skype (or whatever) then there are other options out there too:

  • A doctor can prescribe medication that will help with anxiety issues or depression. They might also recommend some kind of behavioral therapy program so that people can learn how not only deal with their feelings but also stop making bad decisions based on those feelings instead of logic.
  • Mental health professionals like psychologists offer long-term solutions for dealing with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders.


If you are feeling stressed or anxious, it’s important to talk about it with someone. The first step is recognising that you’re not alone in this. There are many ways to manage stress, so don’t give up!

Learn how Mindfulness Meditation can help build stress resilience.

Mind.org.uk has wonderful resoruces on stress.

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