Join the new charity campaign #StressDownDayUK this Friday and help raise awareness of the biggest mental health problem affecting Britons today: stress.
Stress. Anxiety. Depression.
These are big, scary states to find yourself in and sadly, modern life is making them startlingly common for many of us.
Figures from the charity FirstLight Trust reveal that Britain is facing a mental health crisis with women twice as likely to feel more stress every day than men and, on average, women are suffering from stress, anxiety and depression for four days every week.
This is even worse in young women too.
Worryingly, 84% of the nation is keeping all this stress to themselves and not sharing it with others or seeking support, often seeing it spiral out of control.
Hopefully, the #StressDownDayUK campaign can change this.
On Friday 27thOctober at 9AM (but don’t stress yourself too much about punctuality) there are gonna be folks up and down the country sharing how they make peace with stress.
All you need to do is take a picture of you holding the peace sign whilst doing what helps you de-stress: be it yoga, exercise, chilling in your favourite cat café or munching your way through a kg tub of nut butter (no judgement here).
Then add the hashtag #StressDownDayUK.
If you need any guidance, I’ve got a couple of examples of what I’ll be posting, here, and as you can see tea and comfy jumpers play quite a big part. If you don’t have a handy photographer then you can always take a selfie holding the peace sign.
I don’t know about you, but it makes me so sad to think that people aren’t talking to their friends, family and social networks about their stress and anxieties. It’d be great to show that, hey, we all suffer from these things and while we all have our own ways of dealing with it, the healthy thing is to share.
That way others can learn how much support there is out there whilst inspiring one another with our calming and grounding activities.