The first Wednesday in November each year is National Stress Awareness Day
Mon 04 Nov 2019
We all know what it’s like to feel stressed - being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.
Stress isn’t a mental health condition, but it can cause a mental health problem, like anxiety or depression or it can cause an existing one to get worse.
Stress can also affect you physically, it can cause headaches, tiredness or stomach problems.
National Stress Awareness Day is a great opportunity to take a moment to think about your own wellbeing and find out more on how to manage stress.
What you can do to help with stress
There are various steps you can take to cope with being under pressure, remember, different things work for different people.
Identify your triggers and take control – working out what triggers your stress can help you anticipate when you may feel stressed and what you could do about it in advance.
Organise your time – making some adjustments to the way you organise your time can help you feel more in control and able to handle the pressure you are feeling.
Be active – exercise can help clear your head and then let you deal with your problems more calmly. Go outside to exercise, as fresh air and spending time in nature can really help.
Talk to other people – friends, family & colleagues can help support you through the stress you are feeling, you may even have a laugh and start to relax. You may also want to consider talking to a professional counsellor.
Do something you enjoy – spending time doing something you enjoy will take your mind off how you are feeling. Everyone needs to take time for themselves, it can be as simple as having a bath or reading a book.
Avoid unhealthy ways to cope – many people use alcohol, smoking, chocolate and gambling to try and relieve the stress they are feeling, none of these things will help in the long term, use healthy coping strategies like going for a run, listening to music or walking the dog.
Challenge yourself – learning new skills and setting yourself new goals will help build your confidence and make you feel good about yourself.
Help others – people who volunteer in the community or for a worthwhile cause tend to be more resilient.
Try to be positive – think of all the things you are grateful for, write down or say out loud 3 things that went well each day.
Address some of the causes – where possible improve some of the issues that are putting pressure on you.
Accept the thing you can’t change – it’s not easy, but accepting that there are some things happening to you that you can’t do anything about will help you focus your time and energy elsewhere.
Worrying about money can be extremely stressful and may lead to mental health conditions.
Police Mutual are here to help. We want to break down the stigma surrounding debt and get people talking about money.
We’ve teamed up with PayPlan, one of the UK’s leading free debt advice providers, who offer free and confidential advice to anyone in serious financial difficulties.
They’re able to advise you on a range of debt solutions suited to your individual circumstances, helping to protect you and your family with a sustainable way to manage your debt.
Get free and confidential help to combat your debt, call PayPlan on 0800 197 8433
Police Mutual Services
Police Mutual offer a range of wellbeing support services, for more details check out the For You pages on our website at www.policemutual.co.uk
The Care Line Service provided by Health Assured can offer advice and information at the end of a phone, helping with a range of concerns including emotional support. To talk to someone please call 0800 028 1708 or take a look at the e-portal –
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