April marks Stress Awareness Month, and here at Cosmic we are particularly focused on supporting all members of our Team with health and well-being. We already have monthly sessions talking about topics related to health and well-being, as well as ‘Thank you Thursdays’, but there is always more to be done both within our company and our community.
But were you aware of all the organisations and resources out there for dealing with stress management and self-care? Honestly, we could share ten tips probably every week, but for now we’re sticking to ten that we’ve found useful for us.
And take note – April might be stress awareness month, but we can encounter stressful situations at any time, so it’s a good idea to work out what works for you and to be mindful of your stressors.
Everyone knows Facebook as one of the Social Media platforms, but what we didn’t realise until recently is they have a specific area offering tips and resources from a multitude of organisations across the platform to help you with your emotional health.
It pulls in the latest posts from the likes of the Mental Health Foundation, Young Minds, the World Health Organization, and more, and updates weekly. There are resources related to important and world-related topics, videos about managing stress, and areas where you can connect with other organisations.
We think it’s a great place to start if you’re on social media regularly (whether for work or personal).
The Blurt Foundation are a social enterprise (just like us!) that provide support, help, and resources to those dealing with depression and anxiety.
Overwhelm and stress can exacerbate depression and anxiety, but also increase the chances of experiencing this, so it’s important to look after yourself – body and mind, and the Blurt Foundation have countless resources and blog posts to help you and those who need it.
We really like the Self-Care Starter Kit, and it’s one of our top ten resources to help with stress.
The kit includes the following:
- What is self-care? And why is it so important?
- 5 instant self-care things which can be done from your bed
- Self-care alphabet – breaking it down into teensy tiny bites
- Looking after yourself on a budget
- Caring for yourself from the inside out
- Self-care worksheet – to help you discover what self-care looks like for YOU
Since 1949, the Mental Health Foundation has been the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. They have a plethora of resources, tips, and the opportunity to get involved. There’s even a section on their website for COVID-19 resources.
We’ve found two resources on their website that are useful when dealing with stress.
Their blog post on 101 tips is a great place to get ideas on what will work for you (we can’t do all 101 things, but certainly if you take on board 5, that will help you manage and reduce your stress), but they also have a downloadable publication on how to manage stress.
Mind are a charity organisation providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They cover the whole of England and Wales, providing local support and advice.
Mind provide a lot of resources and advice on their website, but particularly this piece on managing stress and building resilience offers a lot of tips and links to other places on their website relating to different types of stressors.
Headspace is a well-known wellbeing app, offering meditation and mindfulness tools to support your mental health. The app is subscription-based, so if you’re able to download it it’s well-worth it. But even if you’re not, you can check out their website for tips and articles.
They also have a podcast which every week-day shares a 5-minute thoughtful observation about the human condition. It’s a nice way to have a short break – grab a cup of tea and listen in, and we swear taking just a little bit of time out can really work wonders.
The NHS is a great reliable resource for health and wellbeing, their website has a huge range of guides, toolkits and activities to browse around stress and mental wellbeing. They not only outline their own advice on wellbeing, they also share links to other reliable sources on these topics.
They do a page on 10 stress busters with audio guides which make interesting listening.
The Stress Management Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping individuals and companies recognise and reduce stress. They work on empowering individuals to take charge of their wellbeing through workshops, guides and regular updates.
The #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation, with over 100 million downloads and over 1.5M+ 5-star reviews. They offer free resources, daily challenges to deepen your mindfulness practice and learn more about yourself. They offer a free version of the app and a premium version with many more resources and features.
Westfield Health are Cosmic’s healthcare provider, they have an amazing library of blogs on various topics including, but not limited to; Exercise, mental health, physical health, resilience, sleep and solutions.
One of their most recent blogs on Relaxation Inspiration is a great read on stress management.
Podcasts & Music
There are thousands of podcasts out there now to listen to, from 5 minutes to 5 hours of listening at your pleasure. You can find podcasts on almost any topic, including stress and anxiety and calming and meditation episodes. Here are a few recommendations.
Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast: covers everything you need to hear to get on top of your anxiety. This practical and relaxed series explores everything from what anxiety is and why it happens to us, how our brains work and why it's actually very normal to the various tools and techniques necessary for owning it.
Meditation minis: Meditation Minis are short, guided audio meditations for anxiety, stress, and confidence.
Music – music is a great way to immerse yourself in something and you can use music to influence your mood. Whether it be the soothing tones of whales, rain or a storm, to uplifting high energy music, there is a sound to suit every mood.
These are just some of the amazing variety of resources out there!