What is National Stress Awareness Day?
Held on Wednesday November 7th, 2018. National Stress Awareness Day is run by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA). Their web page on National Stress Awareness Day is available here for more information: https://isma.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-day
What is stress and why is it important? Stress is a response to demands on the body and life, a response to crisis and fears. If stress gets overwhelming it can cause other mental health problems, emotional exhaustion and physical illness and can impact on work, relationships, families, and every aspect of life. When someone is suffering from negative or overwhelming stress, they may not act or react normally in some situations, for example driving or in an argument, with disastrous consequences.
The theme of National Stress Awareness Day 2018 is ‘Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-Stress?’ And it will look at the negatives and positives of the lifestyle that aspects of computers, internet and automation have brought.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness, publicity and profile of stress and its impact, and reduce stigma while promoting the importance of well-being and stress reduction for individuals and organizations.
Organizations are invited to run their own events for the day.
National Stress Awareness Day will include a comprehensive programme of events, including international online seminars, summits, interactive chats,and social media hashtagged events, as well as venue events. There will be access to expert advice both online and at events.