When you read the word STRESS how do you feel? Do your thoughts turn to the symptoms of being stressed rather than reflecting on the causes and what you can do to reduce your stress levels?
When we talk about ‘feeling’ stressed we tend to view it negatively, yet there are times when stress in small doses can be a good thing.
According to the Lancet (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/ebiom/article/PIIS2352-3964(22)00202-X/fulltext) stress in small amounts or for short periods of times can help motivate us or even help build resilience.
However stress at higher levels does have a negative impact, affecting mental and physical wellbeing. If we continually expose ourselves to stress triggers or ignore them then our health can suffer.
CIPHR research, found that 79% British adults feel stressed at least once a month (source - https://www.ciphr.com/workplace-stress-statistics/ )
With stress over health worries affecting 35% of those asked it can become a vicious circle, as worrying about health, causes stress, which then can have a negative impact on physical and mental health.
Are you worried about your health?
If you have any concerns about your health, here are a couple of options available to you as an Eduhealth member. You can
- search for your health concern in the Bupa Health articles https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/health-blog
- download the Bupa Blua Health app, giving you access to a digital GP, pharmacist and mental health specialist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is particularly useful if you find it hard to get an appointment with your own doctor.
If you’ve not already downloaded the Bupa BLUA app, click here for an easy to follow guide. Once registered you can use the service straightaway.
What can you do to reduce stress?
There are ways you can help yourself when it comes to reducing stress. A few of the top 10 stress busters, according to the NHS, include
- Having some ‘me time’
- Helping other people (through volunteering)
- Looking for and writing down 3 positive things from your day
There are some great audios including helping you when you sleep problems and replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Check the tips and audios at https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/guides-tools-and-activities/tips-to-reduce-stress/
Bupa have a great resource for practising mindfulness, which has 30 days of activities. You can read the article here and download the PDF calendar https://www.bupa.co.uk/newsroom/ourviews/a-month-of-mindfulness
How can Eduhealth help you?
Here at Eduhealth we want to alleviate stress wherever we can. To this end we offer you assistance in understanding your health cover, help with the claims process when needed and plain English language for what can be complicated terminology.
Our friendly team are at the other end of the phone or via email, so please do make contact and we will do our utmost to help you.
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