Stress Awareness Month 2021
Let’s be honest, the past year or so has been particularly tough on us all, and we’ve all handled the last 12 months in different ways. The change to our daily lives and the shift in working patterns has proved to be quite the challenge, and it has been stressful at times.
That’s why, here at Bridge, we want to pay particular attention to Stress Awareness Month, an annual occurrence since 1992 and one that lasts for the whole month of April. The monthlong initiative aims at raising public awareness of the causes and cures of stress, and encourages individuals feeling the strain to either reach out or find ways in which to combat it.
Stress is a common physical response and our body’s way of reacting to a mental or emotional pressure. We can become stressed due to a number of reasons, and what may be stressful to one person may not be to another. What’s important to know, is that almost everyone feels this way at some point in their lives, and that you are not alone. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed and have struggled to cope.
There are many ways in which we can help to ease tension, whether it be slightly altering our eating, sleeping or exercise habits, or simply talking about our thoughts and feelings. You’ll be surprised at how talking seems like a huge weight has been lifted sometimes!
In the coming weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of the ways in which we can help to keep the stress at bay, so keep your eyes peeled!