National Stress Awareness Day: talk about your mental health

We support many awareness days but two of the most relevant for Metrostress are National Stress Awareness Day and World Mental Health Day. For many people, challenges to their mental health can be difficult to talk about, likewise, the social taboo normally associated with mental health can sometimes stretch to the effects of stress. People just don’t talk about it.

Stress can affect us in a multitude of ways but it can be a major factor in the development of some mental health issues. Mental stress, whether it occurs in our personal life or our work has far-reaching implications for all of us. Depression and anxiety are 2 of the most common symptoms stemming from work-related stress, both disabling conditions on their own, identifying the cause is the first step to relieving a raft of symptoms.

Figures don’t lie

In 2018 YouGov conducted a poll of 4,619 people (the largest study of stress levels in the UK), which returned results indicating 74% of the respondents had felt overwhelmed by stress in the past year. Not surprisingly, the majority of those who reported high stress levels were in the young to medium age bracket, the sector who were retired reported lower stress awareness. This seems to support the theory that work is one of the few main factors for people suffering from stress and depression.

Stress at work is damaging to your health

If you are suffering from stress caused by your job, make sure that you speak to your line manager or HR officer. Stress can be a crippling factor in insomnia, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, and heart disease, all of which can have damaging effects on your health. Identifying the actual cause can be the first step to a happier life.

National Stress Awareness Day is on 6 November this year. Make this a time that you look out for your colleagues and friends. Let’s beat stress. Talk about it.

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