Monday 4th April 2022
Running throughout April since 1992, Stress Awareness Month shines a light on the causes and cures for what has been coined the ‘stress epidemic’ brought on by modern living. Following the grief, uncertainty and isolation caused by the pandemic, the impact of stress in our lives has never been more keenly felt by so many.
The theme of this month’s Stress Awareness Month is ‘community’ – a phenomenon eroded by intermittent lockdowns, the cancellation of large events and changes to working patterns and routines.
Stress refers to the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure. Your body may respond by issuing a ‘flight or flight’ response, releasing adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones can cause your heart to pound, blood pressure to rise and senses to become sharpened.
The feeling can have many causes and triggers. For many, stress is linked to the sensation of being under pressure, facing big changes or losing control over a situation or outcome.
Ten tips to combat stress
It’s important to look out for signs of stress in ourselves and our loved ones so we can identify the root cause as quickly as possible. There are ways to build resilience against stressful situations by prioritising a healthy lifestyle and being mindful of balance in all areas of your life. Here are some things to consider:
Making sure your body is properly fuelled with a balanced diet will provide you with the nutrients you need, strengthening your immune system and avoiding the energy peaks and crashes that can be a side effect of sugary or processed food.
Make time to relax
Make sure to schedule time to recharge and rest properly in both body and mind, whether that’s enjoying a long soak in the bath or curling up with your favourite book.
Getting out into nature can have a calming effect on the mind, so get out on a walk in the countryside and take in the fresh air to feel instantly more relaxed.
The benefits of mindfulness are thought to dial down the body’s response to stress. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present in the sights, senses and experiences of life, rather than letting the mind wander.
Establishing a good sleep routine before bed can pay off the next morning. Getting between 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night can improve your mood, cognitive function and alertness, whereas lack of sleep can decrease resilience to stress.
The act of tasking control and making decisions can be empowering. It can also help you to find a solution to a problem that may at first seem too difficult to resolve.
With its mood-boosting endorphins, exercise has been proven to lower stress levels by reducing cortisol and improving your overall health and sense of wellbeing.
Cut down on alcohol and smoking
Alcohol and smoking may provide temporary relief from your stress, but in the long run they are likely to exacerbate your stress and potentially cause bigger problems.
Helping others in need can boost your resilience, not to mention helping you keep things in perspective. Volunteering can be a great way of adding meaning to your life, as well as creating opportunities to form social connections with others.
Join a community
Connecting with people can be a great way to ease stress. Whether it’s an activity with friends, a support network of colleagues or spending time with family, communities can change your perspective, offer fresh insights and combat loneliness and isolation.
Our clubs offer a ready made community of members to help you connect with like-minded individuals. Whether you’re a golfer hitting the course for the first time or looking to prioritise your fitness with a health club membership, you’ll find friendly, approachable and knowledgeable team members and fellow members to support you on your journey.
About The Club Company
Majority-owned by Epiris LLP, The Club Company operates 15 country clubs, the majority of which are located in central and southern England. The clubs offer a range of facilities to their members, including championship standard golf courses, premium health and fitness facilities, swimming pools, tennis courts, bars, restaurants and accommodation.