Employees of Spectra Asset Integrity Management participated in a fitness & well-being session at Llandarcy Academy of Sport on the evening of Wednesday 1st May in support of Stress Awareness Month.

April marked the return of Stress Awareness Month – the well-being campaign aimed at raising awareness of stress and promoting stress free living.

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992. During this annual thirty day period, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

Stress is our body’s response to a harmful life event or threatening situation, regardless if the threat is genuine or not. Stress can affect people in a variety of different ways and severities. What may be perceived as a stressful situation by one person, may be of little concern to another, and some individuals are better able to handle stress than others.

Tips for reducing work-related stress

  • Be organised: Planning ahead to stay organised can greatly decrease stress at work. This can result in less time spent rushing in the morning to avoid being late and being more efficient with your work.
  • Walking lunches: One way you can help combat the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and de-stress is by taking a walk during your lunch break. This can help clear your mind, lift your mood and improve your fitness.
  • Eat well: Long working hours and heavy workloads can often create a vicious circle of not eating properly and skipping meals, resulting in you feeling sluggish and low. Eating well balanced meals will help you to keep healthy and maintain your energy for busy days at work.

Tips for reducing personal stress

  • Talk: Take time out to talk to someone with an empathetic ear and get their perspective on things. It could be a friend, a family member or a colleague. If you can talk to your manager about how you feel, they may be able to support you.
  • Exercise: Regular exercise can help lower stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins, as well as improving your sleep and self-esteem in the process.

We signed an employer pledge with Time to Change, the growing social  movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which supports people to open up to mental health problems. By signing, Spectra are committed to changing the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.

 

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