April is #StressAwarenessMonth
With exams and assignments due for many students this can be a very stressful time of year, add to this the cost of living crisis and the stresses of being away from home, and it is no wonder that may students suffer from stress, it is good to acknowledge what stress is, how it can differ from mental health problems and the ways we can combat it.
Stress is our body’s response to pressure, making our bodies release our stress hormones that activate our ‘fight or flight’ response, although this can be useful if to face the threat needs us to run of face our fear head on, on the other hand stress that is constant, can be overwhelming and leave us unable to cope.
If the stress does becomes long term then it can start to take a physical toll, and affect our mental well-being. The Mental Health Foundation have pulled together some wonderful resources, to help if you or your students need support in managing and reducing stress.
Take a look at the guide here.