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April is Stress Awareness Month

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental and emotional pressure.

Stress can affect anyone and we all have different ways of reacting to it. Common signs of stress can include sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, changes in eating habits, irritability, aches and pains, headaches and feeling overwhelmed.

This last year has been a particularly challenging time for many people. Feeling isolated and lonely can also increase stress and anxiety levels.

Learning to cope with stress in healthy ways can help improve resilience. The good news is information and advice is available to help you.


NHS inform has useful information on stress triggers and what action to take to tackle stress. There are also links to ‘Steps for Stress’ a handy booklet with information on managing stress through techniques such as breathing and muscle relaxation exercises. Self-help guides are also available, which tackle issues such as panic and anxiety. has information on helping you look after yourself and get through these uncertain times. The site is updated with the latest tips and ideas as restrictions change.

Small steps can often make a big difference in helping you to feel calmer and more in control.

A key way to tackle stress is to talk about it, so dont forget that Breathing Space is here for you on 0800 83 85 87 if you require further support.

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