As we navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic and what it means for us and our families, everything at work and at home may seem more stressful than usual. It could be harder than ever to find time for yourself, but it’s important you make that time.

April is Stress Awareness month, so our Occupational Health topic this month is on how to make time to relax and switch off.

Regularly putting yourself first and taking time out can be life changing. It can keep your body and mind healthy and enable you to cope better with the everyday juggle life throws your way.

Did you know?

  • Everyone has their own way of relaxing. Whether it’s going for a walk, having a bath, meditation or reading a book. Doing what makes you happy every day, whether a quick break or longer, will encourage a healthier you – physically and mentally
  • High blood pressure, headaches, muscle tension, ulcers, and weakened immune system are just a few of the many health issues that stress can trigger. Relaxation helps counteract these effects by giving your body a chance to recover
  • If you regularly find time to relax, you’ll likely sleep better. Sleep plays a really important role in making sure that you’re functioning at your best throughout the day. It’ll do wonders for your memory and concentration too
  • Relaxation can take practice. If you’re having a lot of trouble relaxing, it’s a good idea to talk about it with someone. If you’re worried about it, make an appointment with your GP.

See the factsheet on the effects of stress and some tips to help you relax and switch off.


Download the factsheet here.

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