I think most of us are pretty clued up on what those big stressful moments in our lives are, and know how to deal with them when they do happen. But what about those smaller moments, when we misplace the house keys, lose a purse (a regular for me!), we miss the train/tube and we’re late for that important meeting – urgh! Do we actually realise how these might be affecting us in our day-to-day lives?
While these individual stresses may not significantly impact our physical or psychological performance, a build-up of these everyday anxieties – or ‘micro-stresses’ – can, and do, affect a person’s wellbeing.
It’s said that more than 12m Brits consult their local GP with mental health problems every day, and for some, these struggles are related to stress. April marks Stress Awareness Month, so the perfect opportunity to take the time to learn more about this important and common issue.
It’s good to talk! Talking to family, a mate or a colleague that you trust can help even if it’s just to vent – it’s simple but effective. Simply taking a break while you’re at work, to make a cup of tea or going for a walk on your lunch break will remove you from a stressful situation and allow you to just breathe. If you have a rest area in the office then even better!
Oh yes, and another thing – exercise! Going to the gym or for a run benefits your mind as well as your body. Many of us sit at our desk all day at work, so a 20 minute walk, run or swim during a stressful time can help to clear your mind and improve your wellbeing.
We all have different triggers. Perhaps taking the time to figure out which everyday stresses are your regular triggers could help you think about how you can reduce your exposure to stressful situations. You don’t have to wait for the next time it happens!