Stress. It affects us all.
Stress, also referred to as the ‘silent killer’, is a major contributing factor in mental health issues in today’s society; affecting two thirds of us over a lifetime. This year’s Mental Health Week - 13th – 19th May, focuses on stress. This proves just how damaging stress can be on everyone around us.
Having no preference, stress attacks the young, the middle aged and the elderly. Ignored, stress can lead to more serious mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.
It is essential that we are all aware of the impact stress can have on, not only our own lives, but that of our family, friends and colleagues.
We should all be aware of how we, and others around us, are dealing with stressful situations. We should be looking out for one another, offering help and support; often just a listening ear can be all it takes to help someone in need.
At Calverton Finance we are advocates in supporting our staff both professionally and personally; the same goes for the wellbeing of our clients - after all, it’s the Calverton Culture. How we, or others, cope with stressful situations and incidents is a way of knowing when it’s time to ask for help.
Ways to Manage Stress
Firstly, recognise the signs - not coping, easily angered, lack of interest in usual activities - these are all symptoms of stress.
- Professional help can be found via a number of avenues - talk to your Doctor, contact charities such as Mind and Mental Health UK or other professional organisations.
- Prioritise - being overloaded puts pressure on us all. Many individual components, compounded together, seem like one huge problem. Yet they aren’t, they are each small issues. Broken down these very manageable. Prioritise what areas need addressing first. Write lists, look at delegating or asking for assistance with tasks that seem overwhelming.
- Keep a stress diary - write down, over the course of a week, what is making you feel stressed. Take notes about where you are, who you are with and rate the stress feeling out of 10. This will help you identify areas in your life that you can alter, change or avoid.
- Exercise - it’s true, taking regular exercise plays a huge part in defusing stressful feelings. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day is proven to make a real difference.
- Water - drink plenty of water throughout the day; avoiding caffeine and alcohol.
- Healthy eating - eating a balanced and healthy diet, cutting out as much processed food as possible, will have a really positive impact on how you deal with stress and anxiety.
- Relaxation techniques - yoga, Pilates and meditation also help defuse stress, creating calm and peace; many people feel these techniques make them feel in control again.
- Sleep - it’s difficult to sleep when you are feeling stressed but try going to bed earlier. Look at Lavender oils for your pillow and listening to relaxing music, or a podcast half an hour before your bedtime.
- Put your phone down - avoid social media sites. These lead many to feel down about themselves and stressed about what others are doing.
Remember, you aren’t alone. You don’t have to suffer in silence. There is no shame or embarrassment in asking for help, in fact it’s brave.
Seek help and get yourself better, because you do matter. To seek support, you can contact Mind, text 86463 or call 0300 123 3393.