Sunday 26th October is ‘Stress Less Day’, the perfect opportunity for everyone to be kind to themselves by looking after their individual needs and taking time to relax or complete one thing that they have been putting off.
It’s part of October’s Mental Health Month, a national promotional campaign aimed at improving mental health literacy and social and emotional wellbeing; increasing support and advocacy; and addressing the stigma surrounding mental illness.
This year’s theme “be YOUnique” promotes the importance of being ourselves and celebrating our strengths and weaknesses.
Western NSW Local Health District Senior Team Leader of Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol, Mr Terry Buckerfield believes Stress Less Day puts into perspective how we manage stress in our lives.
“Stress can have detrimental effects on a person’s mental health and well-being if it is not managed well so it’s important to put into place different ways to manage or reduce stress,” Mr Buckerfield said.
“Social connections and positive relationships are strongly linked to our mental health and wellbeing. Good relationships with friends help us to have fun and enjoy life. These relationships enable us to have people to talk to when we are feeling down or have a problem.
“One good way to improve your mental health is learning healthy and flexible ways to deal with stressful situations. For instance talking to a family member or friend; doing something you enjoy and find relaxing; exercise or talk to a counsellor or psychologist.”
Trying one of the following Stress Less tips suggested by the Mental Health Association NSW may help a person feel better about a situation:
- Be active by walking whenever you can. Exercise or physical activity is important for our mental well-being as it is useful in managing depression
- Eat well, get enough sleep and limit alcohol intake
- Learn something new
- Offer and accept help – it’s ok to be imperfect
- Write things down to help you remember what’s important
- Make time for fun by doing things you love
- Spend more quality time with friends and family – it’s important to surround yourself with people who make you feel good
- Do one thing at a time and let go of what you can’t control - focus more on what you can do, rather than what you can’t change
- Get your hands dirty - do some gardening
- Take one small step towards your goals
- Be kind to others by creating positive experiences for others as it gives us the opportunity to enjoy the happiness of the person receiving them.
- Be kind to yourself. When we are busy or distracted we tend to forget to look after ourselves. Take time to relax and do things you enjoy
- Summer is almost here, enjoy lunch or dinner outside
- Take the scenic route
If you have concerns about your mental health, or that of a loved one, please make a free call to the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 or contact a General Practitioner (GP). For further information regarding Stress Less Tips visit www.stresslesstips.org.
For further information or to arrange an interview or photo opportunity, please contact Media Manager Vanessa Delaney on 0417-511-738.