Stress has become a part of modern life for many. And with all the uncertainty in the world right now, it’s natural to feel stressed and anxious at times.
So it’s important, especially at this time, that we take time to check in with ourselves and understand what triggers our stress and how to alleviate it.
Stress can play a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression. It's also linked to a range of physical conditions from heart disease and problems with our immune system to insomnia and digestive issues.
As April is Stress Awareness Month, we want to highlight some advice from experts on coping with stress. Stressful situations can’t always be avoided, but by identifying the cause of your stress, you can help to prevent it in the future, the NHS advises.
So, we’ve put together some tips from experts, plus a few little amusing, badly-drawn doodles, on how to manage stress. For more advice on how to cope, visit the NHS website or the Stress Management Society.
And remember, if you feel like you're not coping, consider talking to a professional.