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Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992, to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for the modern stress epidemic.
Stress can come in a number of ways and can have both a positive and negative impact on an individual’s emotional, physical or behavioral characteristics. We all experience stress or bad days and handle these in different ways. The challenge when dealing with stress is to determine its cause, and then how to deal with it. Statistics show stress levels increase when individuals are involved in overwhelming or high-pressure situations or dealing with life changes. When dealing with a stressful situation it is important to take a moment to reflect and find a key action that works for you and helps you minimize the stress, or that assists with managing levels of stress in the future.
We are inviting our followers to comment and open a dialogue on the impact of stress and how it impacts on mental health and what you can do as an individual to take charge of the situation.
Please keep an eye on out for our positive hints and tips on dealing with stress:
Week 1 – Adapt a positive mindset.
The mind is a powerful tool, and it is only you that can control this. Reports show 1 in 4 people in the UK experience mental health problems each year, such as dealing with stress, depression or anxiety. It can be incredibly difficult to stay positive in difficult situations, but having a positive mindset, being thankful and showing or receiving appreciation can make all the difference, turn around the day and also strengthen relationships. Learning to focus on the positive and eliminating the negative, promotes happiness, and can help avoid the fear of “what will happen next”.
There are a variety of ways to deal with stress, and one positive exercise can be to utilise deep breathing exercises. This has shown to be beneficial not only for bedtime routines but also to help wind down, assist in remaining calm and helps to develop a relaxing view and reduces the feelings of panic. If this isn’t for you try to make the most of your weekends or days off work, go and see family or friends, plan an activity you have always wanted to do. Enjoying your time off and doing something that makes you happy will create a positive mind set for the upcoming week ahead and the future.
How do you maintain a positive mindset?