Posts from April 2024

Stress Awareness Month - April!  As April approaches, we are reminded that it is Stress Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Stress is an inevitable part of life, but it is the way we handle it that can make all the difference to our wellbeing. In this our third edition we are going to look at ways to help manage stress.  The theme for this year is “#LittleByLittle,” emphasizing the transformative impact of consistent, small positive actions on overall wellbeing. Even the smallest steps taken each day toward self-care and stress reduction can yield significant improvements in mental health over time. It’s like building a mental health house—one brick at a time. Each conscious choice to prioritize and build mental health adds strength and stability, making us more resilient to life’s challenges. So, let’s focus on manageable adjustments to our daily routines and create a positive ripple effect for ourselves and others. 


Managing my Stress. 

The seaside, calls to me, offering its sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The sound of waves, the expansive horizon, and the sensation of sand or pebbles underfoot provide a multisensory experience that soothes the soul and rejuvenates the mind. 
For me, the beach serves as a natural stress relief, a place of natural beauty, no matter how many times you visit is different every time you go. I find Kayaking offers a unique form of stress relief, combining the tranquillity of being on the water with the physical benefits of exercise. It's a pursuit that demands presence, clearing the distraction of daily concerns and pulling me into the moment. 
Walking along the shore, too, is a meditative practice. It's a time when I can reflect, let go of stress, and find a sense of peace. The beach is more than just a location; it's a landscape that facilitates mental and emotional healing. The power of nature to provide solace and improve mental wellbeing is undeniable, a theme explored in depth in our blog “The Healing Power of Nature.” 
The concept of tackling stress little by little (April’s theme) is a philosophy that resonates deeply. It's about recognizing the value in small acts of self-care—whether it's a leisurely stroll, a moment of quiet contemplation, or the shared laughter with a friend. These moments accumulate, contributing to a greater sense of wellbeing and resilience against life's pressures. 
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