Stress is a common feeling that millions of people around the world experience regularly, but if left unchecked can have a huge effect on our emotional, mental and physical health. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of it and what to do if you’re experiencing it.
April is Stress Awareness Month and we are looking at the impact of stress through a range of activities for our students and staff to take part in including guest speakers, professional counsellors and even a professional masseuse for staff!
During the pandemic, more people than ever will have experienced stress – whether this is from changes to working/learning environments, workload, or personal pressures. The rules and regulations that have been put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing which can make us feel lonely and isolated, may have caused additional stress and anxiety too. This additional stress can build up alongside our daily life pressures and affect our mental health. We want to help you recognise the symptoms caused by stress and to feel encouraged to seek help when it feels like everything’s getting on top of you.
As part of our Stress Awareness Month plans, we are collaborating with Olly’s Future, a charity with a mission ‘to advance education in the causes, effects, and prevention of suicide’, particularly in young people. Our students will be given the opportunity to create work around the theme of stress awareness, whether they wish to interpret it as a piece of music, photography, film, games or any other creative output. We will be creating an ebook featuring all the work for anyone to access, so make sure to check it out once it’s been released!
Here’s our top tips to help manage stress:
We’ve also put together a list of organisations that you can access for help with stress:
And remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed by feelings of stress, you can also speak to your campus’ Mental Health Champion, your tutor or a member of your learning support team.