International Stress Awareness Week 2019
We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.
International Stress Awareness Week takes place in the first week of November and the theme for this year is Resilience: the power to succeed!. It is a great opportunity to take a moment to think about our wellbeing and reach out for advice or support on managing stress.
In the early 90s, the International Labour Organization (ILO) identified stress as one of the most serious health issues in the 20th century and it has been named the worldwide epidemic of the 21st century by the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the Mental Health Foundation, every year, in the UK an estimated 17 MILLION DAYS are lost to stress, anxiety and depression. 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Stress has many sources, it can come from our environment, from our bodies, or our own thoughts and how we view the world around us. It is very natural to feel stressed around moments of pressure but we need to be aware about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
“When I’m stressed, I feel like I’m on the verge of a breakdown.”
What can we do for Stress Awareness Month?
> Talk about stress and its effects – let’s talk about the topic and share your feelings openly and freely with friends, family and colleagues. You might find it extremely difficult to start with but let’s take the first step in this month.
> Share your coping mechanisms – if something has worked for you why not share it. It might benefit someone who is very struggling, and contribute their greater emotional and physical health in a way that you have never imagined.
> Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious – we are all undoubtedly going to experience stress and anxiety in our lifetime so treat others going through wit with compassion and empathy.
> Look after yourself – Take time out of your day for your interests and hobbies. Don’t forget to exercise and eat healthily, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
Stress is one of the great public health challenges of our time, but it still isn’t being taken as seriously as physical health concerns. Starting from this month, be honest with yourself, talk about stress, try techniques to manage stress better and be aware of when to get help.
Prime Production supports international organisations and local hospitals in the promotion of mental health and well-being, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, which is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda.