First launched in 1992, Stress Awareness Month is a collaborative effort to increase stress awareness, highlighting the causes, dangers and general misconceptions about stress as well as successful coping strategies on how to relieve this modern-day epidemic.
Most people will experience stress and its negative effects at some point in their life, as a common by-product of today’s fast-paced society. Stress can be caused by a sudden traumatic event, our lifestyle choices or our expectations of daily life. With such diverse and prevalent causes, it can be difficult to avoid and in many cases becomes a habitual part of every day life. A little bit of stress can be good for some as it can push us towards reaching that target or goal, however too much stress can be unhealthy and make us feel as though we are out of control.
It’s well documented that constant or extreme stress is bad for both the mind and body. The Internet is awash with resources on how to deal with the negative effects of stress and healthcare professionals are all too aware of the increasing number of cases within our society.
If left unchecked, stress can be deadly. In fact, stress is often referred to as the “silent killer” because although its effects aren’t always immediately apparent, it can lead to a number of serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes as well as other day-to-day common complaints like headaches or insomnia. It can also have implications on mood, behaviour and overall productivity.
It’s worthwhile trying to resolve stress to avoid long-term health implications. Exploring stress management strategies, such as regular exercise, relaxation techniques, socializing and setting aside time for hobbies will all have a positive impact. Making sensible lifestyle choices will also help; getting plenty of sleep and eating a healthy, balanced diet and avoiding excessive tobacco, caffeine and alcohol use cannot be underestimated.
Above all, keep your sense of humour and find the good in every day!
For more information, take a look at the Stress awareness month website.