It’s International Stress Awareness Week, 4 to 8 November, and Knowsley Council has launched a new campaign which can help you to manage stress by looking after your everyday wellbeing.
Being under pressure is a normal part of life. It can help you take action, feel more energised and get results. If however you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to become an issue for you.
Although you can’t always prevent stress, there are lots of things you can do to manage stress better including Knowsley’s 10 Ways to Wellbeing.
Stress can affect how you feel emotionally leaving you feeling overwhelmed, irritable, anxious or lacking in self-esteem. It can also lead to racing thoughts, constant worrying and difficulty concentrating or making decisions, while physically you may experience headaches, sleep problems, muscle tension or changes to appetite.
The new ‘10 Ways’ Public Health campaign promotes simple, actions and activities which if done regularly can make a real difference to how you feel and cope with the stresses and demands of daily life.
About 10 Ways to Wellbeing
Keep active keeping active can help to boost your wellbeing in lots of ways; it lifts your mood, improves your self-esteem, increases fitness levels and can you get a better night’s sleep. Any activity such as a brisk 10 minute daily walk, gardening or house work count
Talk about your feelings when you’re upset, worried or feeling down, it can help to talk to someone. Confiding in someone is part of the taking charge of your wellbeing and can make a big difference to how you feel.
Keep learning it’s never too late to learn a new skill or take on a new challenge. It can be rewarding, help boost your self-confidence and may even help you forget about your worries for a while.
Eat better eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health. It can help improve your mood, give you more energy and help you think more clearly.
Keep in touch with others with busy lives, it’s not always possible to catch-up with someone in person but keeping in touch with a phone call, sending a message or posting a short note can help you feel more connected to others.
Make time making time to look after yourself is important, especially if you’re looking after others. It can help you to relax, recharge and focus on your own needs and help build your resilience to cope with the stresses of daily life.
Drink less alcohol drinking less alcohol will not only improve your overall health, it may also help you to sleep better and help to improve your mood. Alcohol is a depressant and drinking too much can contribute to low mood.
Accept who you are recognising and accepting how you look, what you have in your life and focussing on the things your good at can help you feel good about yourself and your daily life.
Care for yourself and others volunteering for a local charity or organisation can help you to feel needed and valued which can help boost your mood. It can also be a way of making new friends.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“International Stress Awareness Week World provides a great opportunity to raise our awareness about the emotional, mental and physical signs of stress and how we can manage stress better.
“The 10 Ways to Wellbeing are simple, actions and activities which if done regularly can make a real difference to how you feel and cope with the stresses and demands of life.
“Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. Your mental health goes through ups and downs and can be affected when you face difficult or challenging times.”
Stress can cause mental health problems, and make existing problems worse. For example, if you often struggle to manage feelings of stress, you might develop a mental health problem like anxiety or depression.
More information on stress and how to deal with it is available on the NHS website.
If you feel you’ve been struggling with stress, anxiety, low mood or trouble sleeping over several weeks and you feel you may need further support, you can self-refer into the Think Wellbeing Service or make an appointment to see your GP.