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Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness month, and this month is all about increasing public awareness about stress factors and relievers.

What is Stress?

Stress is a state in which a person feels pressurised and has little or no control over a situation. Though very common, persistent stress can cause both mental health problems, as well as physical health problems, and be a symptom of it. 
What are the causes?

There a lot of common causes of stress, such as:
  • being under a lot of pressure
  • going through a big change
  • having no control over a situation
  • feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities
  • not having enough work or activity in your life
These factors may be related to common themes of work, family, housing and personal issues. Stress may result from one big issue, a combination of issues or a build-up of a persistent issue. 

Workplace stress

Work is a crucial part of your daily life, so workplace stress can be a prohibitor to your general wellbeing. Occupational stress is one of the biggest causes of health problems in the workplace. 

Main reasons for this being:
  • dissatisfaction of work
  • being over worked with over time and long hours
  • bullying
  • fear of layoffs
  • pressure from management or tight deadlines
This can lead to a change in behaviours, such as; increasing alcohol consumption, smoking more often, sleeping problems, stomach problems, fatigue and much more.

Stress relief at work

However, if you find yourself developing stress at work there are plenty of ways to find relief. 
  • Identify the factors – figure out what specifically is causing you stress, as this can help with dealing with the issue directly. 
  • Talk to your co-workers– talking to your friends at work can help with the support you receive and the reassurance of having a strong network to rely on. 
  • Talk to your manager - this can help finding a solution to remove or alleviate your stress factors.  Making the work environment as comfortable as possible benefits both the employer and employees.
  • Sleep and exercise – exercising regularly and getting a good amount of sleep each day benefits both your mental and physical wellbeing. 
  • Maintain healthy relationships – keeping your relationships with family and friends outside of work consistent will allow you to have a healthy work-life balance.
If you are affected by persistent stress don’t be afraid to speak to someone about it, whether this be a friend, family, organisation or doctor. If you know anyone affected by stress speak to them and offer your hand of support!
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