At Ashorne Hill, team wellbeing is a high priority and with April being stress awareness month we’ve given these tips to our team to remind them how to look after their wellbeing and, in turn, reduce stress.

1). Talk about your feelings
Opening up and feeling listened to can help people feel more supported.

2). Keep Active
Physical activity can greatly enhance our wellbeing. Even short bursts of light exercise can increase mental alertness, boost energy and improve your mood.

3). Eat Well
Improving your diet may help to improve your mood, boost your energy, and help you think more clearly. Eating regularly and choosing foods that release energy slowly helps to keep sugar levels steady, reducing tiredness, irritability and depression.

4). Drink Sensibly
Staying hydrated is important for maintaining concentration and clear thinking. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol can also help to reduce feelings of anxiousness, depression, or sleeplessness, so it’s best to stick to water or low sugar soft drinks.

4). Eat Well
Improving your diet may help to improve your mood, boost your energy, and help you think more clearly. Eating regularly and choosing foods that release energy slowly helps to keep sugar levels steady, reducing tiredness, irritability and depression.

5). Keep in touch
Strong relationships with family and friends provide us with the support network we need to maintain our social well-being. Being able to relax with people we trust and open up about how we’re feeling is a great way to reduce feelings of stress.

6). Take a break
Whether it’s getting up from your desk to stretch your legs, ensuring you take your lunch break every day, or making good use of your annual leave, regular breaks are important. Time away can help you to recharge and minimise time spent in high-pressure zones.

7). Do something you’re good at
Rediscovering an old hobby or taking up something new can provide you with an enjoyable distraction from the stress of day-to-day life. By choosing something you’re good at, you can boost your self-esteem and lift your mood.

8). Accept who you are
Everyone is different and that’s OK! We all have different thresholds for pressure and stress, so it’s important to recognise when you’re feeling overloaded or overwhelmed and to manage those feelings in a way that works for you.

9). Care for others
Being needed can increase our sense of self-worth and value, so finding opportunities to care for others can be a great way to look after our mental health and combat stress. Volunteering or raising money for charity is a great way to give back and enhance your mental well-being at the same time.

10). Ask for help
If you feel that stress is affecting your ability to cope, it’s OK to ask for help. Whether it’s help from friends, family member, colleagues, or a professional, it’s important to reach out and seek the support that you need.