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Stress Awareness Week 2021


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Today marks the finale of Stress Awareness Week 2021.

The annual event first kicked off three years ago in a bid to raise awareness about stress prevention.

Over the course of the week keynote speakers have spoke of the importance of managing stress and acknowledging mental health experiences through positive actions. They also discussed how employers are responding to mental health, the role of stress management professionals and helping people know what support is available.

Let’s be honest, we’ve had more to stress about over the last two years than ever before. As if navigating a pandemic wasn’t enough, some of us faced tackling homeschooling our little ones while others switched the office for Zoom to name just a few pressures we faced.

That’s why we’re sharing our top stress-busting tips to help make managing both the little and the big moments in life just that little bit easier.

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Stay active

While it might seem like the last thing you want to do when you’re fretting, exercise is a natural stress reliever. While it won’t make your stress vanish, it will help reduce some of the emotional intensity you may be feeling. 

Exercise helps increase the production of endorphins which are your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters.

According to the NHS, you should aim to do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week. Activities can include a brisk walk, swimming, running or joining a gym class.

Incorporating more exercise into your daily life can make a big difference to stress levels and is easier than you think. Something as simple as choosing to walk instead of taking the car for short journeys and planning longer walks at the weekend can ease stress.

Take time for yourself

Did you know that in the UK, we work the longest hours in Europe? 

While there’s no denying the fulfilment that a hard day of work brings, those long working hours make it harder for us to find time to do things that we really enjoy.

That’s why it’s important to make sure that we make an effort to score some time off in our diaries for some ‘me time’. 

People are recommended to take at least two days, or evenings, away from work or studying to enjoy quality time on your own.

Whether it’s indulging in a good book, doing some yoga or even just binge watching the latest Netflix fad, there’s no shame in doing what you want from time to time.

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Eat a balanced diet

A healthy diet is also key to managing stress.

Reaching for high-fat and high-sugar ‘treats’ might seem like they bring a sense of temporary relief; they don’t actually solve the issue of stress.

Instead, emotional eating can cause a spike in blood sugar and when it crashes you could experience more stress and anxiety.

Swap the chocolate and sweets for a healthy diet to help you combat stress. Tuck into things like avocado and walnuts for foods that support mood regulation and energy balance.

Spend time with others

They say a problem shared is a problem halved so if you’re feeling stressed, make sure to talk to a friend or loved one.

Just as it’s important to take time out when we’re feeling a little overwhelmed, it’s also important to have a good support network around us.

There’s no better way to beat stress than a coffee and a catch up with a family member or a cold pint and a laugh with a pal at the weekend. Not only do activities like this help us relax, they also offer others a chance to give advice.

Cut things out that cause that add stress 

This might seem easier said than done but sometimes the best way to deal with stress is to ditch the things that cause it.

If the news is making you depressed, maybe switch off the 6pm bulletin for a night. If social media is causing you anxiety, log off for a while.

Worried about your finances? Don’t hide from the issue and tackle it head-on with the help of experienced professionals.

Little changes can make a big difference and play an important part in helping you feel better.

Where can I get more advice on Stress Awareness Week 2021 and other debt solutions?

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