What is Stress Awareness Month?

Stress awareness month has been held every April since 1992 to help raise awareness for how it affects our lives. Reminding ourselves and others about how we can cope very important, as despite running for 29 years, stress continues to be unrecognised as a pressing public health issue.

Taking 5 minutes out of your day to check on someone close to you could be the difference between putting someone at ease, or allowing stress to have a negative impact on their wellbeing. The aim of stress awareness month is that we stay connected and open with others about how stress effects us in everyday life. 

Click the banner below to learn more on stress.org, where you can read more about understanding your own stress, adopting a positive approach and moving forward by managing it effectively. Click here to view their Stress Awareness Month poster featuring some facts and statistics on how stress is affecting us.

30-Day Habit Changing Challenge 

Here at Healthbox we'd like to remind everyone to check in on themselves regularly, a little and often approach can help to minimise a build up of stress, which if left untreated can lead to detrimental impacts on our health. Despite Stress Awareness Day running for 29 years, a study suggests 65% of people in the UK feel more stressed following the lockdown, with stress.org citing this as a key factor in leading to feelings of 'disconnection, uncertainty, and a worrying loss of control'.

To help shape a healthier future, you can take on a 30-day challenge to help improve your wellbeing. The challenge asks that you pick one new action each for your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing with the aim of encouraging new and healthy habits after 30 days. This is also a prime opportunity to pick up something new, such as running or cycling which fits well with the warmer spring weather. 

You can look at an easy-to-read guide on how to plan your 30-day challenge, or visit NHS Online to read top tips on how to reduce stress and maintain your mental and physical wellbeing. 

If you're looking to take a course to help manage stress and anxiety, consider signing up to our 'Mindfulness - Harness Your Superpower' workshop today. Check our blog each week for healthy recipes, community news and other helpful insights. For other workshops, courses and our merchandise page which helps fund future projects for the community, visit our online store









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