How to look after your mental health during Stress Awareness Month and beyond

Every year in the UK, one in four people will experience some sort of mental wellbeing challenge.

Sometimes, this can be in addition to an existing and long-term health condition whilst for others, their mental wellbeing challenges can become long-term too.

April is Stress Awareness Month and is an important time to reflect on the impact stress has on our mental wellbeing and how we can manage it.

Our surroundings can begin to feel increasingly demanding so it is important we take care of our mental wellbeing as well as we can.

We’ve curated some holistic tips and insights into maintaining your mental wellbeing during Stress Awareness Month and beyond.

Understand what generates your stress

Recognising what can start your stress is the first step toward managing it.

These indicators can vary, from work deadlines and personal relationships to financial worries or health concerns.

The Mental Health Foundation highlights that understanding these triggers can help you develop strategies to confront them directly, or find ways to decrease their impact.

Incorporate physical activity into your routine

Exercise isn’t just beneficial for your physical health; it is also a powerful tool for managing stress.

Engaging in physical activity releases endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators.

The NHS recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity a week, along with strength exercises on two or more days a week.

Connect with others

Having a supportive network is important and can act as a buffer against stress.

Whether it’s family, friends, or colleagues, sharing your thoughts and feelings can help you feel understood and less alone.

There are lots of initiatives which can help, including Time to Change.

These support systems can encourage open conversations about mental health, helping to break down stigma and foster a culture of support.

Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques

Mindfulness involves paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you.

It can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better.

Simple practices like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga, can help calm your mind, reduce stress, and improve your mental wellbeing.

The NHS website offers guides and resources to get you started on these practices.

Seek professional help and support when needed

It is important to seek help if you are struggling to manage your stress and mental wellbeing state on your own.

Whether it’s talking therapies (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) offered through the NHS) or counselling services, professional support can provide you with effective strategies that aim to cope with and combat stress.

How can Synergy Complex Care help?

We understand the importance of a cared-for mental wellbeing which is why we work with specialists and community teams to help to build a holistic approach to care.

Our experts develop a care and support plan arounds the symptoms, needs, wishes and chose lifestyle of each client which ensures maximum independence and quality of life.

Stress Awareness Month is an important reminder that our mental wellbeing needs to be placed at the forefront of whatever we do and properly taken care of.

Contact our friendly team today for advice and support on caring for your mental wellbeing or call 0117 403 7878.

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