​National Stress Awareness Day

Today marks the 18th year of National Stress Awareness Day. The day is organised by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), and aims to raise awareness of the effects that stress can cause and the many coping strategies and sources of help available.

Stress Awareness Day is your opportunity to start looking after yourself and your life, and break down the individual stressors in your life. The best way to celebrate is to take the opportunity to remove the stress from your life for the day. Take the time to examine your life and find out where all the stressors lie, and start looking into taking steps to remove them or find ways to mitigate them.

What is stress?

Stress is a feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure, the pressure turns in to stress when the individual feels they are unable to cope. Stress is not a medical condition it is a response to demands impacting on an individual’s life.

What can you do to help?

It is important to recognise the symptoms of stress early as stress is not an illness itself but can lead to more serious health problems. Therefore it is important to try and manage stress this can be done by learning how to relax, taking regular breaks, being active, exercising or simply taking time to talk to a friend, your GP or a counsellor.

Our Health and Wellbeing initiative, Juice provides a wide range of free enjoyable and energising activities that supports social, physical and mental health, such as Choir, Walking, Meditation, Yoga and many more. To book an activity visit: https://universityofsheffield.healthyinwork.co.uk/...

To find out more about National Stress Awareness Day visit: http://isma.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-day-2...

ISMA Top 10 Key Steps To Stress-Free Living (pdf): http://isma.org.uk/images/events/nsad-2016/nsad-to...

To learn more about stress and the help available visit NHS Choices: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pa...