Stress is a feeling that we’ve all felt at some point in our lives. From impending work deadlines to worrying about family life, there can be so many things that combine to cause us to feel stressed. Mental health is massively important, especially during current circumstances, and we should all work together to help one another where we can.
April marks Stress Awareness Month and our blog at Get Your Mobi looks into what you can do to help your mental health during self-isolation.
What is Stress Awareness Month?
Started in 1992, Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since then to raise awareness of both causes and cures. There are millions of people around the UK who experience stress at some point in their lives, which is why it’s extremely important to be aware of the warning signs.
Unfortunately, mental health is still not taken as seriously as physical conditions by some. But that does not mean it is by any means less important. Taking care of yourself should be your number 1 priority. Unmanaged stress can lead to serious health conditions further down the line such as insomnia, heart disease and issues with the digestive system.
Working From Home
Feeling stressed at work is all too common for a lot of us. Now there are several companies operating from home, putting your mental health first has never been more important. The country has been in lockdown since the middle of March. This means that for a lot of us exercise is limited and so is social interaction.
For many socialising and exercising are coping mechanisms for their mental health. Just because we’re working from home, that doesn’t mean stress goes away. There are new things to contend with, from children wanting your attention to worrying about the ongoing situation.
Finding Your Solution
Working at home won’t be easy for everyone. We should all remember to support each other and make sure we check in every now and then. Sharing our own ways of de-stressing may give others ideas and help them to find a new way of relaxing as well.
There are so many different techniques that people are using. The NHS recommend 10 key stress-busting suggestions, including staying active, connecting with people and avoiding unhealthy habits like eating and drinking too much. Even though we are restricted, you can still do a lot of this from home.
Yoga is a great way of getting to know yourself at the same time as keeping you fit and healthy. The best part is you don’t have to go to a gym to do it! Connecting with new people is also becoming a bit easier. There are plenty of virtual pub quizzes to take part in and a lot of gyms are starting to offer online classes and tips for you to stay as mentally and physically healthy as possible.
How We De-stress
Here at Get Your Mobi we’ve all made the shift to working at home to support our clients. This isn’t easy and we’ve all had to come up with our own ways to deal with stress! A few members of our team have given us their top tips for managing and coping with stress:
‘Personally for me, it’s cooking! I don’t know what it is, but if I have had a really busy day and stressful, there is nothing better than a glass of vino on the side, while rustling something up in the kitchen.’ – Adam, Creative Director.
‘You can’t beat sitting down, listening to music or watching your favourite programme with a drink! Fresh air also helps, even if it’s just a 20 minute walk.’ – Amy, Social Media Marketing Executive.
‘Listening to music is a great way of zoning out and getting some fresh air helps. My dog has also been great as he never judges and is always there to listen if you need it. It may sound ridiculous, but it really works!’ – Joss, Digital Marketing Executive.