tea cup in sunset
Jessica Rees
Sustainability and Engagement Officer
2 minute read

Stress awareness month takes place every April, designed to raise awareness about factors that contribute towards stress and the solutions available.

The campaign encourages people to start conversations within their place of work and across organisational networks, reducing the stigma around both stress and mental health.

Between 2022 – 23, there were 875,000 cases of work-related stress, depression, or anxiety, and a huge 49% of all work-related illnesses were due to this.

Take a look at these tips to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression at home or within the workplace:

What you can do daily:

 

  • Eat a nutritiously balanced diet, check out our Eat the rainbow nutrition blog for advice.

 

  • Get a good night's sleep if possible. Getting quality sleep will ensure you are ready for the day and helps your body to rest and recover.

 

  • Take a break when feeling overwhelmed. Writing a to-do list can help you prioritise certain tasks to feel less overwhelmed. Don't plough through, listen to your body.

 

  • Take a stroll in a green space. Being around trees and plants and breathing in fresh air can benefit our mental and physical health hugely. Stepping away from air polluted areas or even a poor ventilated room can be great for our lungs. Have a read of our community garden blog to see how green spaces can be linked to good health.

 

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What you can do within the workplace:

 

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help when needed, whether it is work-related or something personal.

 

  • Again, take you break in nature (weather dependant). If you have green spaces available to you at work, make sure you get fresh air and relax in nature. Breathing in fresh oxygen can help keep you focused and your brain healthy.

 

  • Listen to music while you work. Popping in your earphones and listening to music whilst working (if appropriate) can be the perfect way to beat stress and concentrate while you work.

 

  • Get to know you colleagues and build a support network.

 

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Don't suffer with stress alone –

  • Call the Samaritans: 116 123
  • Text "BEAMATE" to 85258
  • Talk to a close friend or relative
  • Speak to your colleagues