National Stress Awareness Week is 1 to 5 November 2021.

We all experience stress at times, but sometimes feeling stressed can make it difficult to cope. While stress serves a useful purpose in human biology, it can still be a real enemy both in the workplace and in day-to-day life. In the UK every year over 11 million days are lost at work due to stress.

Stress, depression or anxiety are more prevalent in public service industries, including health and social care. Keeping Well is here to support key workers, and we have produced a range of self-help resources to help you manage stress more effectively.

 

Some simple tips to reduce stress and look after yourself include:

  • Sharing your feelings with family and friends
  • Keeping active & eating well
  • Learning to relax & doing something you enjoy
  • Asking for help
  • Speaking to your line manager to get support, particularly if your stress is work-related

 

Read our advice on coping with stress and on noticing stress in yourself and others.

Developing emotional resilience can help you better manage work-related stress deal with adversity, and overcome challenges with an open mind. Resilient employees also tend to perform better and are shown to have greater job satisfaction.

Mindfulness can help to manage stress by pulling us out of autopilot mode to slow down and notice what’s going on internally and around us. Yoga is also proven to help reduce stress and the health effects it causes. Some yoga for de-stressing videos can be found here.

The winter months can be a challenging time for us all, and particularly for key workers. You may be feeling worried about the approach of winter due to increased stress and pressure at work, or anxious about Covid-19 and the potential of further pandemic restrictions. We have produced a range of resources to support key workers over the winter, including advice on maintaining your mental and physical health.

 

If you need further support or want to talk to someone, speak to one of our trained wellbeing professionals today. All support is confidential. 

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