Stress Awareness Month 2023

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Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992, to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern-day stress epidemic. This month provides individuals with an opportunity to have an open discussion about the impact of stress and its effects, and open up about our mental and emotional state with friends, families, colleagues, and professionals.

Stress is something that everyone feels at times. It can be more prevalent in public service occupations, such as health and social care. Healthcare workers may on occasion experience stress as part of your role on the front-line, particularly during a crisis.

For these reasons, it is important to take care of yourself and your co-workers in the healthcare industry:

  • Acknowledge that stress is a normal reaction in your situation.
  • Take care of basic needs – make time to eat, exercise, rest and relax, even for short periods.
  • Chat with co-workers to see how they are doing and find ways to support each other.
  • Speak to your leader or manager about keeping reasonable working hours, where possible, so you do not become too exhausted and burn out.
  • Avail of any tools or resources made available to you in the workplace to help support you should you need them. Always ensure to seek help from a professional should you require it.

The Stress Management Society, for many years, has focused on opening a dialogue and creating a safe space for people to start a conversation about the impact of stress. For 2023, they have focused on their campaign #choosehope, to inspire individuals to find a way through their challenges and to take action and personal responsibility in creating a positive change. Check out some of their resources for stress management here.