Stress Relief Awareness Day was created by Cath Lloyd from Make The Change, after years of managing her own stress levels. It wasn’t until she came to terms with challenging these stresses that she also became aware how many other people were also suffering from stress, anxieties and uncertainties about their life. It isn’t just the sufferer of stress that is affected. The people around them also suffer, creating a cycle of despair that can easily spiral out of control.
When you think about the people around you, your:
Parents Siblings Children Partner Aunts / Uncles Friends Colleagues Neighbours
How many of them are struggling with stress?
Their stress levels might come from:
Work life balance Illness Lack of self‐belief Personal identity Parenting style
Employment / career status Relationship issues Learning difficulties
Most people’s stresses don’t just come from one place but an accumulation of issues which we attach to ourselves like superglue.
If these stresses are not challenged in the long term these stresses will manifest itself in a variety of ways:
- Excessive tiredness
- Highly emotional
- General aches and pains
- Heart palpitations
- Heart burn
- Changes in sleep pattern
- Changes in eating habits
- Changes in social activity
- High blood pressure
- And so the list goes on…
Stress still carries a stigma and people who are suffering from this condition are reluctant to admit to themselves and others they are struggling. Instead of admitting to these struggles they are swept under the carpet, put to the back of their mind where the feelings gradually become bigger and stronger, until the person carrying this heavy load can’t cope any longer and going to the doctor help is inevitable. If you are lucky the description of your feelings will be clearly seen and you will be referred to a counsellor but you may also be prescribed drugs tat you are reluctant to use.
Stress Relief Awareness Day is to help people understand that there is no shame in admitting to struggling with the management of difficult feelings. As we grow up we build up a huge long list of ‘stuff’ that we haven’t been able to understand, manage, or put to bed. On top of all this, we then have a long list of different roles and responsibilities we are expected to undertake perfectly. Eventually all this baggage that we have kept under wraps for so long and the pressure of the roles and responsibilities can become too much and all this ‘stuff’ explodes.
Stress isn’t prejudiced, it can attack anyone at any time, even those who would never imagine becoming a victim.
This is why Stress Relief Awareness Day is for everyone over 18 years old:
Parents Carers Managers Grandparents Pensioners Students Job seekers
Stress Relief Awareness Day is a day of fun, it is informative, investigative and a chance to give yourself the opportunity to try something new. There will be a mixture of fun group activities to help you feel alive and alert and the opportunity to try some of the different complimentary therapies that are available to you. Also available will be refreshments and a great lunch so you are ready to start the afternoon with vigour. Once your ticket is purchased you will be secure in the knowledge that there are no hidden costs, everything is included and please feel free to make use of the David Lloyd Leisure Club facilities after the event. A great way to end a great day.
By investing in yourself you will leave this day feeling revived, empowered and excited about what the future will hold for you. You will have also shared your day with others who are looking for the same things as you. A chance to look forwards in your life and rekindle feelings that you may not have felt for a long time.
Take a few moments to watch the video from the last Stress Relief Awareness Day and find out why you should take part in the activities that we have to offer at no extra cost to the ticket price. Hear from these ticket holders how they felt about their Stress Relief Awareness Day and what they are taking away from it.