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STRESS AWARENESS MONTH

Speaking honestly, writing this was minimal stress. It's been a cathartic process to learn about the options I have when dealing with stress, and realising the options I can take in dealing with stress and taking back control of my life.


It’s time to make a change.


Let’s cut out this idea that you have to always be grinding to succeed. The grind is important, but your well-being is even more important.


This culture of working till you're burnt out, never taking time for yourself and never giving yourself proper breaks has led to a society full of people who have no idea why they’re always so tired, why they walk around with a cloud over their heads and why they feel as though they are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders.


Stress is a serious factor in mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, as well as physical issues such as heart disease.


How do we identify that what we are feeling is due to stress?


It is important to address these issues early and get a head start on recovery, here are a few signs to look out for

  • Feeling constantly overwhelmed

  • Feeling waves of anxiety and depression

  • Mood swings

  • Irritability

  • Difficulty relaxing

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Sleeping too much

  • Changes in your eating habits


So what steps can you take to tackle stress?


  • Establish what it is that is causing you the stress. Once you realise what is causing you the stress you should begin taking steps towards finding out why it is causing you so much stress.

  • Review your situation. Think about if you are taking on too much, and if there is a way in which you can pass some of it on to someone else to share the load of work.

  • Prioritize what is important, and what can be placed on a backburner.

  • Take some time out. Taking time to yourself is essential when dealing with stress, and place some focus on self-care.

  • Practice mindfulness regularly. Pay attention to what your body and mind are telling you

  • Healthy eating habits are important. Make sure you are eating the correct foods and right nutrients for a healthy body and a healthy mind.

  • Get some sleep. When you’re stressed it can seem like it’s too difficult to sleep, but you need to start training your mind to establish the importance of sleep to your body.

It is important to remember that stress isn’t infinite and eventually will come to an end. When stress becomes too overwhelming to deal with, remember that there are services and resources available to help you.


And remember you’re not alone.


Stress can make you feel like you are alone, but support is always available.



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