We all suffer stress from time to time. It's normal but it becomes a problem when it is prolonged. It can impact on our physical health as well as mental wellbeing.

Why not take the time this National Stress Awareness Day to think about your own mental health, the causes of your stresses and find out about the support available to help?

There are lots of practical things we can all do to manage our stress levels.

Here are three examples:

  1. Make a list to help organise your time.
  2. Learn to say 'no'. Practice being straightforward and assertive.
  3. Do something different. Develop interests and hobbies outside of work.

We know that certain things can significantly reduce the symptoms and stress itself can be avoided by taking some simple steps such as making changes to diet, exercise and sleep patterns. Talking about how you feel can also help lighten the load, but for some professional support is what is needed to gain back control.

Visit the Mind website for more information about stress, the signs and advice on how to manage it.

Don't let stress take over. Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is here to help if you need us. Speak to us in confidence at any of our drop-in sessions, see us on the Journey Bus as it stops across Coventry and Warwickshire and explore our website for details of local services.

You can also contact a range of other mental health organisations here.