Top tips to help keep calm on National Stress Awareness Day

Wednesday 1st November is National Stress Awareness Day, a day dedicated to recognising the impact that stress has on our lives and more importantly how we can reduce it.

Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action.

It may be sensible to address stress before it turns into a bigger issue and has a lasting impact on your health and wellbeing so here are top tips on dealing with stress:

  • Work out your triggers: Working out what triggers stress for you can help you anticipate problems and think of ways to solve them. Even if you can't avoid these situations, being prepared can help.
  • Change how you plan your time: For example, list things in order of importance, try not to do too much at once and plan lots of breaks.
  • Address some of the causes: There are probably lots of things in your life that you can't do anything about, there might still be some practical ways you could resolve or improve some of the pressures on you.
  • Try and accept some of the things you can't change: It's not easy, but accepting that there are some things happening to you that you probably can't do anything about might help you focus your time and energy more productively.

More information

You may also find it useful to look at the following pages on People First:-