Stress Awareness Month – April

#ACTnow – Action Changes Things

There is no single definition for stress. But, there are a lot of common symptoms that affect individuals the same by affecting them mentally or physically.

Stress and poor mental health is the public health’s biggest challenge they are facing.

Stress can lead to multiple other health problems such as, heart disease, digestive issues and serious mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

Stress awareness month began in April 1992 and has been held every April since. It aims to encourage individuals to open up and discuss any problems and challenges stress may cause. Its biggest aim is to remove the stigma around mental health. It enables us all to be open minded and discuss any coping mechanisms we have noticed help us individually and also used to help family and friends. Sharing these may help others in more ways than you think.

Aswell as spreading awareness for us all it also helps us to encourage time out. This may be time just on your own to reflect or may be choosing a hobby to help you socialise whilst enjoying a particular activity. This is to help you find yourself again and take care of yourself – physically, mentally and emotionally.

Some common symptoms of stress;

  • Headaches/dizziness
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Sexual problems
  • Constant feeling of worry
  • Forgetfulness
  • Chest pain and or a faster heartbeat

Useful numbers that can help you manage your stress;

Mind – 0300 123 3393

Staffs Mental Health – 0808 800 2234