Stress Awareness Month has taken place every April since 1992 in an effort to highlight both the causes and cures for the modern stress epidemic. Local MP, Chris Elmore, is urging constituents who are struggling to cope with stress to take part in the Stress Management Society’s ‘30 Day Challenge’, which encourages people to pick one action each for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing to carry out every day.
Millions of people in the UK experience regular high levels of stress, which can have significant impacts on both mental and physical health. The pandemic has only made the public health challenge of stress even more urgent, with the Stress Management Society finding that 65% of people in the UK have felt more stressed since the beginning of the pandemic. The three main causes identified in this rise are feelings of disconnection, uncertainty and loss of control.
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:
“The past year has been really tough for so many people, it’s vital to look out for your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and know where you can go for support. Stress Awareness Month has highlighted some excellent resources to help people manage their stress levels.
“I would urge constituents in Ogmore who are struggling to cope with levels of stress to set themselves this ‘30 Day Challenge’, to explore the resources available, and to help maximise your chances of turning knowledge and techniques into positive change.”
For resources and advice on how to reduce and manage stress, including more information on the ‘30 Day Challenge’, head to the Stress Management Society’s dedicated webpage: https://www.stress.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-month-2019/