Stress Awareness Day 3 November 2021
We know what it is like to feel stressed and being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.
On Stress Awareness Day we are highlighting the ways that stress can affect people and what you can do to manage stress before it becomes a problem.
Millions around the UK experience stress and it is damaging to our health and wellbeing. For example, at some point in the last year, 74% of us have felt so stressed that we have felt unable to cope (Mental Health Foundation).
Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.
Stress is your body’s reaction to help you deal with pressure or threats. This is sometimes called a "fight or flight" response. Your stress hormone levels usually return to normal once the pressure or threat has passed.
A small amount of stress can be useful. It can motivate you to take action and get tasks completed. It can also make you feel alive and excited. But too much stress can cause negative effects such as a change in your mood, your body and relationship issues.
There are plenty of things you can do to help cope with stressful events, and simple steps you can take to deal with feelings of stress or burnout.
The Every Mind Matters website has specific tips and expert advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing if you are feeling stressed.
You can also answer 5 quick questions to get a free mind plan to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.
Visit the Rethink website for advice and to learn more about stress.