The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 May) is stress.
What is stress?
Stress is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure. This pressure can come from different aspects of your day to day life. Such as an increased workload, a transitional period, an argument you have with your family or new and existing financial worries. You may find that it has a cumulative effect, with each stressor building on top of one another. During these situations you may feel threatened or upset and your body might create a stress response. This can cause a variety of physical symptoms, change the way you behave, and lead you to experience more intense emotions.
Stress affects us in a number of ways, both physically and emotionally and in varying intensities.
What to do when you’re feeling stressed
- Realise when it is causing you a problem
- Identify the causes
- Review your lifestyle
Protect yourself from stress
- Eat healthily
- Be aware of smoking and drinking alcohol
- Take time out
- Be mindful
- Get some restful sleep
- Don’t be too hard on yourself
You can follow the links to both the Mental Health Foundation and the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for a range of free self-help guides and information/support. If you’d prefer to have a hard copy printed/sent to you please let us know and we can sort that out for you.