Did you know that April is Stress awareness month?
What is stress?
In a nutshell, stress is the body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It’s not always a bad thing to feel stressed, the stress of a work or school deadline is a great motivator to get the work done!
But too much stress can affect our mood, our body and our relationships – especially when it feels out of our control. This is when it can become a problem, making us feel anxious and irritable, and affecting our self-esteem. (nhs.uk)
What are the signs of stress?
- irritable, aggressive, impatient or wound up
- anxious, nervous or afraid
- like your thoughts are racing and you can’t switch off
- unable to enjoy yourself
- uninterested in life
- like you’ve lost your sense of humour
- a sense of dread
- worried about your health
- neglected or lonely.
There are lots of simple ways to manage stress, before it becomes too much. For Stress Awareness Month, we asked Valley House staff what they do to reduce stress levels, here’s what they shared:
‘I find music is good food for my soul. I practise being still and centring I can meditate whilst doing so.
Our BAMER service manager.
‘Talking though anything that’s causing stress with friends or colleagues’.
Central Services/HR manager.
‘I have started to use the 1 exercise per day and started walking with my Fitbit my aim is 10,000 steps per day, by walking for 1 hour. I have gone over my goal most days. This has helped me sleep better and relax.’
Our DA service senior manager.
‘A long soak in the bath with a good book and a cup of tea works wonders or sometimes I do adult colouring. It takes your mind off things as you concentrate on keeping within the lines.’
Management Information Administrator.
‘I find a bit of mad dancing always helps. I put on some music and throw some shapes. The burst of exercise and a song I like gets the endorphins flowing and re-sets my mind set.’
If you’re feeling stressed and would like some practical advice and tips on how to deal with it, you can take and take a quiz provided by the NHS here.