What is National Stress Awareness Day?
Held on Wednesday November 4th. National Stress Awareness Day is run by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA).
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 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.