National Stress Awareness Day returned on the 7th November 2018, providing us all with a great opportunity to take a moment to think about our wellbeing and find advice or support on managing stress.
What is stress?
Stress develops if you are unable to cope with the demands and expectations of your day-to-day life. Healthy amounts of pressure can be beneficial to your mental wellbeing and productivity. However, too much stress without breaks can be extremely harmful both to your physical and mental health.
Managing stress is not always easy, but there are a few things you can do that can help:
- Exercising regularly
- Effectively managing your time
- Socialising more regularly
- Taking time to practice breathing exercises
We approached a couple of experts and Pharmacist Support Wardley Wellbeing trainers for their tips:
“Remember what we want from our lives. We mustn’t waste our time on unproductive or damaging activities and relationships. Be kind to others and yourself.” Nigel
“Every day try to include some fresh air; laughter; a good book and helping others!” Val
For us to maintain our wellbeing, noticing what’s making us stressed helps us learn how we can deal with it. This is particularly important in the workplace where stresses of workload and working relationships are common. It can make a huge difference sharing how you’re feeling with friends and colleagues. By sharing you could get some great advice and tips or find you can support other colleagues who need help. For this Stress Awareness Day, the team at Mind are asking employers to start the conversation about stress in the workplace and have suggested creating a Stress Awareness Space. We think this is a great idea and have been encouraging pharmacy teams and organisations across the country to display one of our Wellbeing posters in their staff rooms, meeting rooms or even in the washrooms! You can view the PS Wellbeing Poster Pack here, and request your copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our wellbeing support here at PS extends much further than the poster pack, however. We offer our very own Wellbeing Workshops that cover an introduction to wellbeing, assertiveness, time management and building resilience, provide a Listening Friends stress helpline staffed by trained pharmacist volunteers, a host of fact sheets and webinars.