Safeguarding: Stress awareness month

As we creep gently towards the lifting of lockdown restrictions, we are all feeling a real mixture of emotions. Excitement, anxiety, happiness, sadness, hope and possibly stress.

For some, this stress may be caused by a number of reasons and may trigger a wealth of reactions.

The stress may be caused by the reliance on others to continue to follow the ‘rules’. It may be caused by money worries, such as the loss of income during lockdown. The thought of life returning to how it was before can be stressful for some – maybe they have found the benefits of this slower pace of life.

Reactions to stress can be shown in many ways. Some opt to brush things under the carpet, some become very emotional and unable to communicate with those around them about how they are feeling and some become more extreme in their reactions.

The NHS website defines stress as “the body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It’s very common, can be motivating to help us achieve things in our daily life, and can help us meet the demands of home, work and family life.

 

But too much stress can affect our mood, our body and our relationships, especially when it feels out of our control. It can make us feel anxious and irritable, and affect our self-esteem.

Experiencing a lot of stress over a long period of time can also lead to a feeling of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, often called “burnout”.

The Stress Management Society website has a wealth of resources that can support those who are feeling stressed.

The NHS website can guide you in the direction of support resources.

The Mind website has a wide variety of information including suggestions for friends and family of those experiencing stress.