National Stress Awareness Month
Article posted on: 27th April 2020
This April is Stress Awareness Month and with the ongoing worldwide pandemic, we have been talking to the team about how they have been dealing with the current pressures and staying positive.
Millions of us around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health. Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression. Reports in 2018 indicated that 3 out of 5 employees experience mental health issues because of work.
With the current additional stress of isolation on top of other factors in the construction industry such as sites closing down and people being furloughed, it’s of vital importance, now more than ever, that we look after the mental health of ourselves and others.
Together with our team, to reduce the stigma that is associated with stress, we’ve been talking about the topic openly and sharing coping mechanisms that have worked for us. We’ve shared these below and hope they may benefit others.
Stress Awareness Month is held every year to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. This year’s theme is the ‘30 Day Challenge’, everyone is encouraged to pick one action for their Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day. It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits which is why it’s a month-long programme. Find out more here.
Mental Health – Helpful information and support is available here: Every Mind Matters
If you’re looking for a welcome break and distraction from the coronavirus news, we’re hosting a virtual sportive and would love for you to get involved. The event will raise funds for NHS Charities Together and the money raised will go towards supporting NHS initiatives like Every Mind Matters, see above. To take part, on 13th May either get out for a solidary bike ride and share the photos with us or join our virtual sportive on Zwift (you will need a Zwift account and access to a smart trainer). If you’d like to get involved, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.