It's Stress Awareness Month

How do you tackle stress selfie card

April is Stress Awareness Month and in the Trust, we would like to hear about your tried and tested ways to beat stress.

Stress, or the fight or flight response, is the body’s natural response to a threat or difficult situation. A bit of pressure is a good thing and can help our performance but it can also become a problem when we stay stressed, even once the situation passes. This is when we experience stress-related symptoms, and if we remain stressed for long periods, can have a negative effect on our health.

Stress can affect how you feel emotionally, mentally and physically, and also how you behave.

Emotionally you may feel:

  • overwhelmed,
  • irritable,
  • anxious
  • or lacking in confidence.

Mentally:

  • your thoughts may be racing,
  • you might be worrying constantly,
  • have difficulty concentrating or making decisions.

Physically:

  • you might get headaches,
  • dizziness,
  • have muscle tension,
  • have difficulty sleeping
  • and it can affect your appetite.

Feeling like this might lead you to drink or smoke more, be snappy with people or avoid people or situations you are having difficulty with.

Stress can be caused by lots of different situations; work, family issues, financial problems or big life changes etc. If stress is not dealt with, it can eventually lead to serious conditions like stomach ulcers and heart problems.

If possible, it is best to tackle the problem causing the stress. If this is not possible, or while trying to do so, there are lots of tips out there for de-stressing (some can be found here). However, this April, we would like to hear what really works for you...

We'd love to hear how you tackle stress. To get involved, print off your own selfie card below, write your tip and take a photo! You can either send your photos to communications, or if you’re on social media, why not share on your own platforms and include our @EastEnglandAmb handle using the hashtag #StressAwarenessMonth.

You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

We can't wait to see all of your tips! 

If you are concerned about yourself or a colleague, or would like any extra information, contact the Wellbeing Hub on 03456 089945 or email wellbeing.info@nhs.net

Published 13th April 2019

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