Stress Awareness Week – Our Top Tips

International Stress Awareness Week 2022

Most of us enter the healthcare profession because we are passionate about what we do and want to make a difference to the services we support and the patients we see.

No matter how much you love your job and what you do, stress can significantly impact your health and well-being.

That’s why it’s important to develop healthy habits and coping strategies to help you to avoid stress.

What is International Stress Awareness Week?

International Stress Awareness Week is an annual event focusing on stress management and campaigning against the stigma associated with stress and mental health issues. This year, the week runs from the 7th to the 11th of November and the theme is Working Together to Build Resilience and Reduce Stress.

Take a look below at our  top tips to help cope with the demands of your job and reduce stress.

1. It is ok to say “No.”

As healthcare professionals it is often in your nature to say yes whenever anybody asks for your help.  However, it is ok to put yourself first and say no.

2. It’s ok to sit down and put your feet up

After a busy demanding shift why not put on some relaxing music and take the time to sit down and put your feet up, read a book or magazine!

3. Do something every day that makes YOU happy

Whether that is taking your dog for a walk, going to the gym or going for a run, it could be baking or playing games with your family. Whatever it is that makes you feel happy and relaxed make the time each day to do what makes you happy.

4. Spend time outside

Did you know that just spending time in the great outdoors can reduce feelings of fear and stress? Think about having your morning cuppa outside, make sure you get outside on your lunch break, or even take a short walk and take in the scenery around you.

5. Try exercising

Did you know that taking regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress and burnout in the long term?

Exercise increases the release of endorphins and as a result, can improve your mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can also help you sleep better!

6. Flexible working

Flexible working can be a great thing – whether it’s part-time, condensed hours, term-time working or home working – it gives people the opportunity to balance their work and their lives.

Working flexibly means you can fit work around home and family life ad this can have a positive impact on your overall quality of life.

It is not only great for employees, but it is good for employers too, offering flexible working can mean an increase in motivation and productivity, reductions in time off sick and can improve overall outputs.

 

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