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National Stress Awareness Day – The 30 Day Challenge

Take a deep breath. Take a few deep breaths.

Are you feeling it at the moment like we are?

The pandemic certainly hasn’t done much to help with the other huge epidemic that we accept as part of our lives – the modern stress epidemic.  

Stress is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time, and yet it still isn’t taken as seriously as physical health. This is concerning when stress can be linked to heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive issues…to name a few! In addition, stress is a significant player in mental health issues.

It’s actually normal to feel stress on occasion – it’s an unavoidable part of life. But what if you’re feeling more stressed than not?

The theme for National Stress Awareness month this year was ‘The 30 Day Challenge’, so we thought it was perfect to bring back and keep you on track. From the Stress Management Society, there’s a calendar that you can print and record your habits on every day, which will help combat stress and keep you going!

What’s it about?

  • It’s about self love.
  • It’s about caring for yourself.
  • It’s about consciously combatting stress.
  • It’s about taking ownership of your life.

But how?

The calendar encourages you to dedicate some time each day to your PHYSICAL, MENTAL and EMOTIONAL wellbeing.

In a world where we have more time than ever before, it’s so important to look after yourself.

We can pretty much promise that by committing to the 30 Day Challenge, you’ll feel better at the end of the month, AND since it only takes 30 days to turn actions into habits, we’re hoping you’ve got your back…for life!

Print your calendar through the link below through The Stress Management Society. You can also download the Stress Management Society Guide – Taking you from Distress to De-stress and keep it as a handy tool for those extra stressful days.

Incase you’re a little lost for ideas for the 30 Day Challenge, we’ve got a few to get you started but don’t forget you can do your favourite habits as many times in a month as you like!

Physical

  • Stretch
  • Dance to favourite music
  • Walk and take in the changing seasons
  • Jog
  • Have a bath with some relaxing scents

Mental

  • Make sure you get enough sleep each night
  • Avoid/limit coffee
  • Avoid/limit alcohol
  • Enjoy food that is good for your body
  • Spend some time on your own

Emotional

  • Be aware of your emotions and reactions
  • Express your feelings in appropriate ways
  • Think before you act
  • Learn relaxation methods to cope with stress
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Be kind to others

Of course, these are just ideas. Why not use this as a time to get creative or find something new you love and watch your stress levels decrease.

You’re worth it!