First launched in 1992, it is a time used to raise public awareness about stress, how to recognise it and how to manage it.
This includes highlighting the causes of stress, the negative effects stress can have on the mind and body, and how to relieve stress.
Most people will experience stress at some point in their life, but constant or extreme stress is bad for both the mind and body. There are many causes of stress, from things that happen in day to day life to big or sudden traumatic events.
There are lots of ways to keep stress to a minimum; maintaining a healthy lifestyle, talking about your feelings, and making time to relax. If you are suffering from stress, you can find help and resources on the internet, or you can seek advice from a healthcare professional.
If left unchecked, stress can be deadly — in fact, stress is often referred to as the “silent killer” because although its effects are not immediately apparent, it can lead to a number of serious health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
This is why Stress Awareness Month is important — it informs people about stress and provides them with the tools and resources to manage it.
What can you do for Stress Awareness Month?
- Talk about Stress and its effects
- Share your coping mechanisms
- Share openly where you can get help
- Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious
- Look after yourself
NHS Choices has more advice on how to deal with stress