Today is Stress Awareness Day.
Stress is an issue within itself that can cause problems. Long term stress can cause many health issues, including: Headaches, muscular tension, tension headaches, sleeplessness, irritability, chronic fatigue.
Stress can enter our lives a number of different ways, and while experiencing pressure is a part of normal day life, if these feelings become overwhelming it can start to have a negative impact on our physical and mental health, as well as our work and relationships.
TIPS ON HOW TO BEAT STRESS
1. TAKE TIME OUT: Try to put yourself first at least once a day, to give your brain the rest it needs to stay engaged and alert.
2. EXERCISE: Everyone knows that exercise releases feel-good endorphins, which give you a chemical boost. But getting active can also help lower your stress levels by boosting the chemicals dopamine and serotonin.
3. AVOID CAFFINE: Millions of us reach for a cup of coffee as an afternoon pick-me-up every day, but if you’re already feeling stressed, too much caffeine doesn’t help. It stimulates the nervous system, which can make you feel more anxious and panicky.
4. MAKE CONNECTIONS: If you’re getting stressed, taking a few minutes to chat to your peers can help.
5. PRACTICE GRATITUDE: Try and recognise your accomplishments, and think of something to be grateful for every night.
If you feel you need to talk to someone you can contact::
Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.