Article 1 April 2021

Are you stressed?

We’re passionate about supporting your health and happiness at work. That’s why, from now, we’re going to run monthly wellbeing campaigns on a variety of themes. Each campaign will give you helpful advice and links to support and materials, you can share with your teams.

This month our focus is stress as April is Stress Awareness Month. It’s been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

This year has been one of the most stressful we’ve probably ever experienced; with the backdrop of the global pandemic we’ve merged two big businesses and had to adapt to new and different ways of working. A survey run by the Stress Management Society revealed that 65% of people in the UK have felt more stressed since the COVID-19 restrictions began in March 2020.

Are you stressed? You can test your stress levels using the Stress Management Society’s tool on their website and check out their tips to reduce your stress.

They’re also hosting a 30-Day Challenge, encouraging you to pick one action for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing to do every day. It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits, so why not read the challenge hints, tips and links and then download and fill in the 30 day challenge calendar, to start forming those habits today.

Throughout April we’ll be suggesting tools and information you can use to help you identify and tackle the causes of your stress including:

  • Financial and money worries caused by the pandemic
  • The benefits of exercise and mindfulness for stress relief
  • Stress and anxiety about the easing of lockdown restrictions and possible return to the workplace

In the meantime, here are a few things you could try for Stress Awareness Month:

  1. Talk about Stress and its effects – lets work together to reduce the stigma that is associated with stress by talking about the topic openly and freely with friends, family and colleagues.
  2. Share your coping mechanisms – if something has worked for you why not share it. It might benefit someone you care about and it might help you take your focus off your own challenges.
  3. Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious – we are all going to experience stress and anxiety in our lifetime so treat others going through it with compassion and understanding.
  4. Look after yourself – we all need to think more about self–care. Take time out of your day to relax or do something that you enjoy. Try to exercise and eat well, even when you feel too stressed.

If you need help now, you can contact our Employee Assistance Programme:

24/7 helpline:

  • 0800 111 6387 (UK, Northern Ireland)
  • 1850 718 888 (Republic of Ireland)
  • +44 (0)845 330 5132 International

Online portal for further guidance and support: Organisation code: mitiewell