Stress Awareness Month: 10 tips to improve Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

Stress Awareness Month has been recognised every April since 1992, but this year it seems particularly important.  For the Month of April, we will be encouraging our employees to pick one action for your Physical, Mental or Emotional Wellbeing to carry out each working day.

Below is  10 tips to improve your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing.

  1. Physical – Get organised and plan some healthy meals for the week ahead. Eating a healthy, balanced diet with all the necessary vitamins helps with both physical and mental health.
  2. Mental – Be kind to yourself, take time out for self-care – it’s like the oxygen mask on the plane; put yours on first and you’ll be in a better position to help others.
  3. Emotional – Do you regularly watch the news and find it causes you emotional distress? If so, consider taking a break or altering how you consume the news. A useful tip is to avoid those thought-provoking headlines before bed.
  4. Mental – Plan out your day to ensure that you have a work-life balance. Keeping a schedule boosts productivity and helps to ensure that you can make time for yourself.
  5. Emotional – We adopt an engineer’s approach to stress: Force over area equals the pressure. When a bridge has too much load on it and if it is left there for long enough, it will eventually collapse. You would be able to see the warning signs before this happens. The bridge would bow, buckle, groan and creak.  The same principle can be applied to a human being with excessive demands and challenges placed on our bridges, we will collapse. That bridge collapse could manifest itself as a nervous breakdown, or serious health issues such as heart attack or cancer.
  6. Physical – Clean and organise your workspace / room for the busy week ahead. A useful tip is to start with what you see around you and gradually increase your circle of influence.
  7. Mental – Create a jar for your happy memories and add them as you go along. At the end of the year, you can open the jar and remind yourself of all the wonderful things that happened and what you achieved.
  8. Emotional – If you’re in a position to do so, donate some supplies to your local food bank. Unsure of what to give? Most food banks have a website with details on their stock levels and the items they need most. It’s always useful to check beforehand toensure that your donation makes the most impact.
  9. Mental – Smiling can alter our brain chemistry and make us feel happier. It is also infectious so smile at someone you pass and kickstart a chain reaction.
  10. Emotional – Pet a dog! Giving attention to our furry friends’ releases Oxytocin, the love hormone.

To participate in the 30day challenge, visit: https://www.stress.org.uk/