This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-20th May) asks us if we’re coping with stress.
With 76% of us experiencing work-related stress after we’ve left the office, it seems we’re not.
We all respond to stressful situations differently. You may be someone who can carry on without a second thought, or you might be someone who finds minor difficulties overwhelming. Having this ability to respond well to stressful situations can in part be put down to our resilience.
But resilience isn’t pushing through, taking control or carrying on regardless of how you feel, it’s about developing strategies like learning how to relax, that help you manage when faced with stressful situations.
If you’re not managing your stress well you might notice the following signs: feeling irritable, constantly worrying, having difficulty concentrating or sleeping poorly.
The good news is that resilience isn’t something you’re born with, but it is something you can develop over time.
Take our Resilience Check to help you find out how resilient you are, the areas you could improve and what you can do to build your own – all of which will help you cope with stress better.
The Bank Workers Charity exists to support the health and wellbeing of the banking community. Contact us on 0800 0234 834 or visit www.bwcharity.org.uk
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