April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress can make us feel upset and out of control. It can also make us feel burned out. Through stress and where we have responsibilities, it is easy to forget to look after ourselves properly. We all fall prey to the effects of living with stress.
We need to ask ourselves whether we continue to worry about things to the point of physically making us ill and whether we bottle things up and fail to talk about how we feel. Stress can affect us both physically and mentally, from common complaints like tummy ache and headaches, to putting a strain on your relationships with others.
The challenges of stress and mental health are of considerable importance. Not everyone will associate not talking about things with stress, but it will turn into stress if we carry issues we’re not talking about. It is important we’re aware that stress exists. Feeling overwhelmed by everyday tasks is a form of stress.
In times of stress, we may sometimes turn to caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, but those in the longer-term will make us more stressed. We can reduce stress by avoiding caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and by taking exercise more regularly so that exercise becomes part of our routine.
Keep a ‘stress diary,’ try to get more sleep, and remember to clear your head of worries before bed. You can also reduce stress by using relaxation techniques and meditation; yoga or tai chi. It is important we take control of our issues and try to manage our time better.