Making changes for Stress Awareness Month

There’s no denying it: daily life can be stressful, not matter how good you’ve got it. Stress is a completely normal emotion to feel from time to time – small amounts of stress can even be healthy, believe it or not.

April is Stress Awareness Month, and has been celebrated every April since 1992, to raise awareness about the causes and cures of stress in modern society.

We all experience stress from time to time, whether that be work-related, family-related, friend-related or just life-related. We’re bringing you our helpful tips to weather the storm and make it out the other side a stronger person.

TAKE BREAKS

Sometimes when we’re experiencing stress, the best thing to do is throw ourselves into the to-do list and start getting things crossed off.

Other times, it’s more beneficial to know when you need a break, to rest and recuperate. Of course, it can be hard to do this guilt-free, so why not designate time for this in the day. Spend your evening unwinding and taking time for yourself. Put your work emails away, switch off your notifications and chill out doing something you enjoy.

GET OUTSIDE

One of the most refreshing things you can do is get outside. Fresh air and exercise is one of the top things you can do to de-stress and take your mind off what’s going on. Stick those earphones in and get your favourite playlist or podcast on.

Why not listen to some calming Headspace exercises while you take the dog for a walk or go for a brisk jog? It’ll do you and your mental health the world of good.

STAY SOCIAL

It seems obvious, but when you’re feeling overwhelmed, sometimes the best thing is to catch up with a friend, sibling or parent and offload. Often, when we’re consumed by stress, leaving the house can be the last thing we feel like doing, but talking out your worries with someone who cares about you is sure to help.

Be sure to take the time to listen to them, as well: you don’t want to dump all of your emotional baggage onto them and not give them the chance to clear their mind, too.

And, if all else fails, you could take a scroll through Richard Madden’s Instagram, like we do at Family Life HQ, to get through deadline day: it hasn’t failed us yet.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvWKEvgAdo2/

Of course, if these methods fail to ease your tension, you should make an appointment with your GP, to explore further options. It’s always okay to ask for help, and support is there whenever you decide to ask for it.

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