Stress Awareness Month is held every April and has been running since 1992; this month is dedicated to raising awareness. Stress is in fact classified as a health condition as it can cause a lot of pain, both physically and mentally. Everyone is different, so we need to look at our personal circumstances and stress triggers in order to understand it, and be able to help ourselves and others.
74% of UK adults have had a moment in the past year where they’ve felt so stressed that they’ve been too overwhelmed or unable to cope.
The covid-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down and has created unprecedented levels of stress. With the additional worry and dire news reports, it’s no wonder there is a stress epidemic. Even those of us who rarely feel stressed will have most likely felt some level of stress during the recent pandemic. According to recent figures, 74% of UK adults have had a moment in the past year where they’ve felt so stressed that they’ve been too overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Stress can be caused by many different factors ranging from work, relationships, home life, and other reasons. The following are well-known triggers of stress:
- being under lots of pressure
- facing big changes
- worrying about something
- not having control over the outcome of a situation
- having responsibilities that you’re finding overwhelming
- not having enough work, activities, or change in your life
- times of uncertainty
There might be one thing that is causing you stress, or it may be a combination of lots of little things, which could make it harder for you to identify or try to explain when trying to open up about your feelings. Either way, the effect that it can have on you is very real. Stress can cause all sorts of health issues, from heartburn and insomnia to high blood pressure and muscle tension. Keeping stress at bay can help to ensure that you stay healthy and happy.
By recognising stress, finding ways of reducing with or coping with it, and looking out for others who may also be experiencing it, we can really make a difference.
Next week we will be publishing a second article dedicated to Stress Awareness Month, where we will be exploring numerous healthy ways in which to cope with and alleviate stress.