April is National Stress Awareness Month, which has been held every April since 1992 to help increase awareness around both the causes and cures for stress. It has been recorded that 74% of adults have experienced stress over the past year; even to the point where they have felt overwhelmed and unable to cope.

However, despite millions of us in the UK having experienced high levels of stress, it still isn’t taken as seriously as physical health concerns. Stress can be a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression, and it can also be linked to physical health concerns, such as insomnia and digestive problems.

So what can you do to help reduce stress? The Bridge team shared some of their top stress-busting tips!

  • What do you find helps the most? Exercise, listening to music, prioritising tasks and writing them down; but not so many you can never get to the end of the list, and getting a sufficient amount of sleep at night.
  • What do you do to prevent stressful situations? Plentiful planning, teamwork – working together and knowing when to say no or delegate. A sufficient support structure can help prevent unwanted stress in the workplace.
  • How do you help others to cope with stress? Talk! If you know a colleague is under pressure or stressed, it can help to talk it through and see if there is anything you can do to help/support them. But make sure you don’t take too much, and prioritise your mental health first.
  • What’s your favourite way to relax at the end of a day or on a weekend? Yoga helps to clear the mind and refocus to get the correct work-life balance, as well as spending time with friends & family or taking a mini break away every once in a while.

“Look after yourself and those around you who may be struggling – we all need to think about self-care, and take time out of our day to relax and do something that we enjoy. Even if you feel too stressed to take time out, it will all aid towards making you feel better.”

It is key to remember that we do have control over the stress and choices that we make in life. There are a number of charities out there you can make contact with if you need to – Mind, Anxiety UK, Combat Stress, Rethink Mental Illness, Headspace and The Stress Management Society.

What are your key stress-reducing tips? Let us know on Twitter!

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