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International Stress Awareness Week 4-8 November 2019

The first Wednesday in November each year is National Stress Awareness Day

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed - being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.


We all know what it’s like to feel stressed - being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.


National Stress Awareness Day is a great opportunity to take a moment to think about our wellbeing and find advice or support on managing stress. In fact, in recognition of how important this topic is, this whole week is classed as International Stress Awareness Week.

This year’s theme is ‘resilience.’ Think about how important resilience is in both our working and personal lives, and the vital importance of bouncing back from disappointments and challenges. Resilience is also about your capacity to adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing.

Building a strong support network can help when things get too stressful

Our mental wellbeing is dynamic. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year. It describes how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Good mental wellbeing is important for:

  • feeling confident in yourself,

  • having good self-esteem,

  • being productive,

  • feeling engaged with the world around you,

  • feeling and expressing a range of emotions,

  • building and maintaining good relationships.

That’s why here at On Clear Days, we’re using this week to raise awareness about stress prevention and promoting the importance of wellbeing.


According to the charity Mind, there's no medical definition of stress, and health care professionals often disagree over whether stress is the cause of problems or the result of them. This can make it difficult for you to work out what causes your feelings of stress, or how to deal with them. But whatever your personal definition of stress is, it's likely that you can learn to manage your stress better by:

  • managing external pressures, so stressful situations don't seem to happen to you quite so often;

  • developing your emotional resilience, so you're better at coping with tough situations when they do happen and don't feel quite so stressed.


Our top 5 tips for lifestyle changes to help improve your resilience are:

  1. Look after your physical health and become more active. Even making small changes such as going for a regular walk outside may help you to feel less stressed. Longer hikes need a little more planning, but we’re here to help!

  2. Improve your work-life balance and definitely give yourself a break from the usual schedule. This could involve taking up new interests and hobbies – a change is as good as a rest!

  3. Set aside time to relax or use specific relaxation techniques (eg. yoga and meditation);

  4. Get outside, get fresh air and breathe! As you’ll see from our photo gallery, we thrive on getting a change of scenery after spending long hours cooped up in the office;

  5. Build your support network. Linking up with like-minded people can really be a breath of fresh air and help you maintain your lifestyle changes and achieve your goals.

Address your work life balance. Learn when to down tools and focus on reducing stress levels

Connect with us at On Clear Days for more inspiration, support and advice. Find us on:


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