Today is National Stress Awareness Day. The event is great way of raising profile of stress, and promoting the importance of wellbeing for individuals and organisations.

We have put together some quick tips to help you relieve stress.

  1. Exercise

It sounds cliché, but exercise really is a great way to relieve stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.

  1. Talk to Someone

Just talking to someone about how you feel can be helpful. Family and friends are a great place to start. The Council also has a totally confidential Wellbeing Counselling Service, which offers free sessions to employees.

  1. Get More Sleep

Stress and sleep have a two-way relationship. High stress levels can make sleeping more difficult, but at the same time, getting a good night’s sleep can help reduce the effects of stress.

  1. Try Relaxation Techniques

Just taking time to breathe properly can be an instant stress reliever. Check out these quick relaxation tips.

  1. Avoid Caffeine and alcohol

Avoid, or reduce where possible. Caffeine is a stimulant and so will increase your level of stress rather than reduce it. Similarly, alcohol is a depressant when taken in large quantities, but acts as a stimulant in smaller quantities.

If stress ever gets too much, visit your local GP who can offer you guidance and advice on how to cope.