Wednesday 1st November is International Stress Awareness Day. The event is organised by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) who report that two out of three employees in the UK are afraid to admit that they experience stress. Perhaps this is because they perceive it as a sign of weakness or an indication of mental illness?
Stress doesn’t affect us for just one day a year, and neither is it something to be feared. But, it is often confused with pressure, which actually stimulates a healthy motivation in us to strive to get things done and feel that we are coping, and hopefully thriving. It is only when this pressure becomes too great that it should reasonably be called stress. This is when we may feel a loss of control, and actually need to take a step back or perhaps ask for some help.
The good news is that there are many things you can do to build resilience and prevent day-to-day pressure turning into stress. They include:
- eating well and regularly
- resting and including time for relaxation
- making time for activities – socialising, exercising and indulging in your passions and hobbies
Resources to help you manage stress
Here at Pharmacist Support we provide a range of services that help to prevent and manage stress.
- Our Wardley wellbeing workshops cover topics including stress management, building resilience, assertiveness and time management.
- We also run a telephone support service called Listening Friends that has been running for over 20 years. The helpline gives callers access to one of our volunteers who can provide a friendly listening ear to discuss professional or personal issues.
- There is an ever-growing range of factsheets on our website too with comprehensive information and further resources on a range of useful subjects including exercise, healthy eating, mindfulness, sleep, stress and wellbeing.
The ISMA website also has a number of useful resources that you can download for free:
- 7 Positives For A Better Life
- Top 10 Stress Busting Tips
- Facts About Stress
- How To Identify Stress
- The 60 Second Tranquilliser
- How Important Is Your Worry
So on this annual Stress Awareness Day, be sure to take some time for yourself, make use of the tools and techniques available to help you manage those feelings of pressure, to be better prepared for it if and when those times do hit…and aim for less stress generally in the year ahead.