International Stress Awareness Week

2nd – 6th November 2020

Stress and mental health problems have never been more important than now, and the challenges they present never more acute than in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Almost one in five adults (19.2%) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in June 2020; this had almost doubled from around 1 in 10 (9.7%) before the pandemic (July 2019 to March 2020). Feeling stressed or anxious was the most common way adults experiencing some form of depression felt their well-being was being affected, with 84.9% stating this.

Are you familiar with some of the signs of how to recognise stress?

Emotional signs

  • Tearful
  • Mood swings
  • Angry
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of confidence/self esteem
  • Defensive

Physical signs

  • Physical tiredness
  • Panic attacks
  • Aches, pains and muscle tension
  • Weight loss or gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Changes in bowel habits/IBS

Behavioural signs

  • Absenteeism/poor time management
  • Self neglect/change in appearance
  • Relationship problems
  • Social withdrawal
  • Nervousness
  • Reliance on alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine

Psychological signs

  • Depression/anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Negative thinking
  • Easily distracted
  • Memory lapses
  • Prone to accidents

Whether you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, these mental health charities, organisations and support groups can offer expert advice.

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