Day 6 of #BEDN and the topic is stress, today being National Stress Awareness Day.
Well, I don’t claim any great insights when it comes to stress – I have suffered from it in the past and have learned to recognise the signs in myself. Whether that makes me better at coping or avoiding stress I don’t know. My problem is that I’m very bad at saying ‘No’. If I’m asked to do something my first and instant reaction is to say ‘Yes’. I was brought up to be helpful and accommodating so it comes naturally to me to help; this is not always good for my stress levels as I can find myself overstretched.
My first encounter with ‘bad’ stress came when I took too much on at work and my support network failed. I suddenly found myself unable to function and was signed off work for a while. It took me several more years before I really started to recognise the triggers for myself and I’m still fighting the urge to say ‘Yes’ all the time.
So to anyone struggling with stress at the moment – don’t give up, it will get better. Find what works for you and take time out for yourself.