Today is Stress Awareness Day which aims to raise awareness of the effects of psychological distress and provides sources of help available to address it.
Stress affects people differently, and the things that cause stress vary from person to person. Stressful feelings typically happen when we feel we do not have the resources to manage the challenges we face.

Pressure at work, school or home, illness, or difficult/sudden life events can all lead to stress.
Some possible causes of stress are:

– Personal lives/ relationship problems
– Unexpected life changes, like moving house, having a baby or starting to care for someone
– Money worries, like debt or struggling to afford daily essentials
– Health issues, either for you or someone close to you
– Work related problems
– Feeling lonely and unsupported

We’ve found some top tips to help you lead a more stress-free life:

+ Live a more active lifestyle – Exercise boots your mood and helps to relieve feelings of stress. Try going for a walk everyday, join a gym, or do a home workout.
+ Read – Cognitive Neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis found that reading before bed can reduce stress levels by 68%. Try reading a book before you go to sleep to fully unwind and relax.
+ Focus on self-care – Everyone needs time to take care of themselves and focus on what you need. This could be anything from cooking yourself a nice meal, listening to your favourite music, or even just having a day of doing nothing!
+ Talk to someone – Sharing how you feel allows others to support you when you need that extra help. The simple act of talking face-to-face with another huma can trigger hormones that relieve stress when you’re feeling agitated or insecure.

If you need advice from a health professional or just want someone to talk to, you can contact Samaritans, call: 116 123 or email: jo@samaritans.org
You can read more on stress here https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/stress/