April is Stress Awareness Month, and goodness knows we’ve all been through the wringer this past year.
According to a survey by the Stress Management Society, 65% of the people they surveyed said they felt more stressed since the COVID restrictions began a year ago. And even though those restrictions are starting to ease, worry about mixing with others or returning to the office will undoubtedly be raising the stress levels in some of us.
Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. The key to reducing stress is thinking about and identifying what causing you stress, then taking positive stress to address those causes.
We all experience and react to stress in different ways. Here are some examples of how stress can affect how we:
Lack of concentration
High blood pressure
Drinking more alcohol, smoking more
Isolating from others
Sleeping too much or too little
Loss of sense of humour
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When we focus on negatives, rather than concentrating on the positives, we heighten the stress by adopting a negative mindset. So, if we can change the way that we perceive things, we can often lessen our stress levels. Read more about how to develop a positive attitude and eliminate negative thinking.