Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme of this years Mental Health Awareness week is Stress.

The Mental Health Foundation ran a study that showed around 74% of people at some point have felt unable to cope due to stress.

Stress can lead to both physical mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain and heart disease. That may be something you read all the time but it is not to be taken lightly!

So we need to think about how we can manage stress for both ourselves and others so it doesn’t get out of control.

Take a look at your work/ life balance, do you end up at work far longer than you should more than once a week? Do you go home and carry on working, whether on the laptop or in your head- your work should not be your whole life.

Take a break, whether that’s 10 minutes to decompress or that holiday you meant to take two years ago.

Add some exercise in to you day, even a walk, the gym or taking up axe throwing…get moving. Exercise is a proven stress reliever!

Make time for yourself and the things you enjoy.

Its so easy to read this and think ‘I don’t have time for that’

There is time, its a case of priorities and your stress levels should be top of the list!

Talk to someone

Whether it is your partner, your parents, your friend, your boss.

Tell someone you are feeling stressed, if work is too much tell your manager or boss that it is too much, you shouldn’t have to lump it!

I’ve seen what stress can do to a person, it is no joke. It is heartbreaking watching someone deteriorate due to stress and the mental health problems it brings on and no one should have to go through that.

Its okay not to be okay.

Its okay to say.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week visit:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

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