Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern-day stress epidemic. We want all of our nurses and healthcare professionals to ensure they are taking time out and looking after their mental health. Stress and poor mental health are one of the biggest public health challenges that we’re facing. Sadly, even though that is the case, we are still not taking its impact seriously enough.
There are many ways you can prevent or manage stress. Here are some ideas:
1. Identify and manage the source of your stress: Try to identify what is causing your stress and take steps to manage or reduce it. This could involve making changes to your work or personal life, setting boundaries, or seeking support.
2. Exercise regularly: Regular physical activity can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Even a short walk can help you feel better.
3. Practice relaxation techniques: Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or tai chi can help you reduce stress and feel more relaxed.
4. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can increase stress levels. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
5. Eat a healthy diet: Eating a well-balanced diet can help you manage stress. Make sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats.
6. Manage your time: Effective time management can help you feel more in control of your life and reduce stress.
7. Stay connected: Having a strong support system can help you manage stress. Stay connected with friends and family, and seek professional support if needed.
Remember that everyone experiences stress differently, so it’s important to find the strategies that work best for you. If you’re having trouble managing stress on your own, consider seeking additional support. Stress Management Society have put together ‘The 30 day challenge’ they encourage you to pick one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day take a look here.