Thought for the day 8 April

8 Stress awareness month

Stress is a natural part of life, and within limits we need it to achieve our potential, and to save us getting bored. But it can easily get out of hand. The mental health foundation found that 74% of UK adults felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Too much stress can contribute both to mental health problems like depression and anxiety, and physical health problems affecting the heart, the immune system, sleeping patterns and the digestive system. If we fall into the category of high stress levels then we need to be able to identify what is causing that personal stress, and learn how to take steps to reduce it. For more information visit https://www.stress.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-month-2019/ or the NHS website

Lord, we don’t like to admit that we can’t cope. We feel that people will call us weak or a wimp. But when stress levels become too high it can have adverse effects on our physical and mental health, and spill over into affecting relationships and our performance at work etc. Help us to recognise when stress is getting out of hand, to be ready to talk about it with someone we can trust, and to look at ways of reducing it. Help us too to recognise when others are becoming over-stressed, and try to support them in recognising and addressing their issues

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