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Embrace Calm and Discover Strategies for Managing Stress in a Hectic World

April is National Stress Awareness Month in Australia

We live such stressed lives, and Covid has changed the way we work. It became 24/7 access to us because we were at home, and bosses think you have nothing better to do but work. From work pressures to personal responsibilities, the burden can often feel overwhelming, especially during National Stress Awareness Month when we’re reminded to embrace calm amidst the challenges of navigating stress and grief.

In Australia, April marks National Stress Awareness Month, a timely reminder that mental health is important, and it’s important to prioritise it and take the time to care for yourself, especially during times of grief.

As you know grief is a natural response to loss, whether it’s the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or any significant change or loss. During these challenging times, it’s crucial to recognise the impact that stress has on your mental and physical well-being. Managing stress while grieving is essential for navigating through the healing process.

Here are seven tips to help you cope and embrace calm:

  1. Acknowledge Your Feelings: Allow yourself to experience the full range of emotions that come with grief, whether it’s sadness, anger, or confusion. Denying or suppressing these feelings can lead to increased stress and prolonged healing. Recognise that it’s okay not to be okay and seek support from friends, family, or a therapist if needed.
  2. Practice Self-Compassion: Be gentle with yourself during this difficult time. Practice self-compassion by treating yourself with kindness and understanding. Avoid self-criticism and negative self-talk, and instead, focus on nurturing yourself through self-care activities that bring comfort and solace.
  3. Establish a Routine: While grief can disrupt your daily life, maintaining a sense of structure and routine can provide stability and a sense of control. Set small, achievable goals for yourself each day, such as getting out of bed, eating nourishing meals, and engaging in activities that bring you joy.
  4. Prioritise Self-Care: Make self-care a priority by engaging in activities that promote relaxation and well-being. This could include exercise, meditation, journaling, spending time in nature, or indulging in hobbies that you enjoy. Taking care of your physical health can also have a positive impact on your mental health.
  5. Get Support: Don’t hesitate to reach out for support from friends, family, or support groups who can offer empathy, understanding, and companionship during this challenging time. Talking about your feelings and sharing your experiences with others who you trust, can help alleviate feelings of isolation and provide comfort.
  6. Set Boundaries: It’s important to recognise your limits and set boundaries to protect your emotional well-being. This may involve saying no to additional responsibilities or commitments that feel overwhelming, and giving yourself permission to prioritise your own needs and healing process.
  7. Seek Professional Help if Needed: If you find that your grief is becoming overwhelming and interfering with your daily functioning, don’t hesitate to seek professional help from a therapist or counsellor. They can provide you with coping strategies, emotional support, and guidance to navigate through your grief.

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During National Stress Awareness Month and beyond, let’s commit to prioritising your mental health and taking proactive steps to manage stress, especially during grief. Embrace calm, acknowledge your feelings, practice self-care, and seek support when needed; these things can help you unravel your grief and rediscover joy. Remember, it’s okay not to be okay, it’s also okay to be okay and reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other as we all journey through the ups and downs of life.

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