This awareness campaign has been going since 1992. Throughout the month health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
To help those that struggle with stress we have listed some tips to helping yourself manage stress.
7 Tips to Manage your Stress
1) Stress isn’t a bad thing.
Stress motivates us to work toward solving our problems. Reframing thoughts to view stress as an acceptable emotion, or as a tool, has been found to reduce many of the negative symptoms associated with it. Your goal should be to manage stress, not to eliminate it.
2) Talk about your problems.
Talking about what is making you stressed releases hormones in your body that reduce the negative feelings associated with stress. Time spent talking with friends and loved ones is valuable, even when you have a lot on your plate.
3) Prioritise your responsibilities.
Focus on completing quick tasks first. Having too many “to-dos” can be stressful, even if none of them are very big. Quickly knocking out the small tasks will clear up your mind to focus on larger responsibilities.
4) Focus on your needs.
Make a point to focus on your basic needs, such as eating well, keeping a healthy sleep schedule, exercising, and other forms of self-care. These simple activities can help alleviate your stress and feel more comfortable with your current predicament.
5) Regain balance.
People who are overinvolved in one aspect of their life often struggle to deal with stress when that area is threatened. Balance your time and energy between several areas, such as your career, family, friendships, and personal hobbies.
6) Find time to relax.
When personal time is neglected, everything else tends to suffer. Set aside time to relax and have fun every day. Relaxation can help regain your focus and make it easier the next time you encounter stress.
7) Take a step back.
When overwhelmed, little problems can feel bigger than they are. Take a step back, breathe, and think about how important your stressors are in a broader context. Will they matter in a week? In a year? Writing about what is causing you stress will help you develop a healthier perspective.