Did you know that 2-6 November is International Stress Awareness week?
In a year where almost every week has ratcheted up uncertainty, the issue of handling stress is more pertinent than ever.
According to the International Stress Awareness Week website:
Almost one in five adults (19.2%) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in June 2020; this had almost doubled from around 1 in 10 (9.7%) before the pandemic (July 2019 to March 2020). Feeling stressed or anxious was the most common way adults experiencing some form of depression felt their well-being was affected, with 84.9% stating this. Coronavirus and depression in adults, Great Britain. Office for National Statistics, June 2020https://isma.org.uk/isma-international-stress-awareness-week
Ongoing stress is damaging for mental and physical health, as we all know.
However, there are things we can do — this week and every week — to protect our well-being and resist the harmful effects of stress.
Here are 14 things you can do to reduce stress. Choose two things (or more) to do for each of the next 7 days to care for your mind and body.
- Sing along to a song you love
- Talk to a friend
- Cook a favourite meal
- Take a bath with essential oils
- Turn off your phone
- Create a home yoga space
- Show your skin some love
- Ask for help
- Enjoy art
Small things create stress. Small things can also relieve stress.
Remember, however you feel you’re not alone, your feelings are valid, and you are of value. Treat yourself with compassion and grace.