We all know what it’s like to be stressed, it is something that millions of Britains experience in everyday life. According to a 2018 study; over the past year 74% of people in the UK have felt stressed to the point that they become overwhelmed or unable to cope. Stress is one of the great public health challenges of our time, but it still is not being taken as seriously as physical health concerns.
National Stress Awareness Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday in November and is part of a wider annual campaign to promote stress prevention. It is a great opportunity to take a moment to think about our wellbeing as well as finding advice and support on managing stress.
Research has shown that increased stress levels of stress can lead to an increased risk of injury. This is why we take stress awareness day as an opportunity to examine and discover where our stresses lie and the appropriate steps we can take to remove or mitigate them.
Finding positive, healthy ways to manage stress as it occurs, can reduce the negative health consequences. There are no quick fixes or uniform approaches to eliminate stress, however there are simple things that can be done to help alleviate stresses. This maybe through relaxation, exercise and talking the issues through.
At The Education Network, we understand the importance of supporting those with whom we work; from our internal workforce to the teachers and schools we interact with daily and it is our duty to ensure that we provide all we can to support and encourage not only their physical health but also their mental health..
There are numerous helplines you can access for support:
Mind – 0300 123 3393
Anxiety UK – 08444 775 774
Samaritans – 116 123