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National Stress Awareness Day 2018

Stress seems to be a very common thing as part of everyday life. We can easily get stressed over a range of things such as exams, work responsibilities, relationships or even peer pressure.

What people don’t realise, is the truly devastating effect this has on people and the mental health issues that can occur from this.

Today is National Stress Awareness Day. There are various organisations and charities that are trying to make this issue aware to get people’s attention, as many tend to overlook stress and find it to be a totally normal and mundane thing.

An organisation called ISMA (International Stress Management Association) has launched a wide range of events.

Last year they had many events on such as having their very first ‘INSAD Stress Fair’ which was the first event of its kind which looked at hands on stress therapy and role playing.

The event last year also had professional stress consultations, massages, exercises and displays related to health and wellbeing. They had launched an online chatbot in which professionals are able to give people help and guidance on where to seek support.

There are various other organisations that are raising awareness about stress and try to reach out to people who are struggling with stress and are in need of help.

In the UK, there are millions of people that deal with stress on a regular basis but usually don’t reach out for help and support.

The NHS have suggested various ways to help tackle the issue such as using calming breathing exercises or even downloading mindfulness apps seem to be beneficial.

There are easier ways to tackle this by just speaking to family and friends about your troubles. Just by taking about it seems to take away some of the existing stress, since they are a great support network. Even by clearing your mind and getting enough sleep and exercise is enough to help relieve stress.

It is important to recognise that stress is a main issue in society and it is something that should not be ignored.

 

READ more: Glasgow Clyde College looks forward to improved mental health support 

About Caylin O'brien

Caylin O’Brien is currently the Sub-Editor for the Clyde Outsider. Last year, she published a personal creative piece and it received a lot of attention from the public. In her second year, she hopes to progress even further in order to achieve her goal of studying PR and Media at university.

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