The first week in November is International Stress Awareness Week run by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA).
Now in its 21st year, ISMA started 1998 with National Stress Awareness Day, an entirely new concept in stress management. To celebrate its 20th anniversary last year, it was extended into International Stress Awareness Week. The ISMA organisation exists to:
- Raise the profile of stress-related issues, both in the home and workplace
- Combat the stigma often associated with personal stress
- Change attitudes towards the management of stress in the world of work
This is a cause and an organisation that I give my whole-hearted support to. I see plenty of people who visit me for counselling, presenting with various symptoms of stress that have become too much for them.
Society expects so much from everyone in the 21st Century and we live in an unrelenting world made more challenging by the existence of 24/7 media and social media, both of which are here to stay.
Everyone knows that reducing stress and increasing well being are key to helping ensure a healthy and happy life. That’s why as part of my support for this awareness week, I am sharing some resources to help all of us live our lives the best we can.