This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the focus this year is on stress.
"Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide" - Mental Health FoundationAlmost everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives - in education, at work, at home, with their health or in relationships as a few examples.
The Mental Health Foundation conducted a survey in 2018 on stress and here are some of their findings:
For more statistics visit: Mental Health Foundation - Stress Statistics Survey
As someone with both physical and mental health difficulties stress in my life is just something I come to expect and have to live with on a near daily basis. Some days I deal with stress better than other days. Being ill is a big stresser - having to make what feels like a million and one phone calls and emails to gets things sorted; waiting for appointments and test rests and just simply dealing with the illness and symptoms itself, especially pain and lack of sleep are two big stresses for me.
I believe that its normal and in some ways, at times, healthy to be stressed as it gives us that push to get things done and it is what makes up human. But equally when we're feeling stressed its important to deal with it and nip it in the bud before it becomes more serious.
Dealing with what is making you stressed is important, and reaching out to others for help an support is key, whether it be a partner, friend, family member or a professional. It's not weak or selfish to ask for help.
For more help on how to manage stress check out these helpful resources: