As a Lifestyle Change and Stress Relief Expert, people ask me, “Why Stress Relief Awareness Days?”
There are two answers to this. The first one is the quickest so I will start with that one.
- Last August someone said to me, “Well then Cath, what are you going to do for Stress Relief Awareness Day?” At first I stared into thin air, not knowing what to say and felt rather like a scared rabbit in the head lights with a blank mind. The next moment I was saying,
“I’m going to put on a Stress Relief Awareness event.”
My next thought was, “Did I really say that?” I had only three months to pull it off.
The second answer the question is:
- I was reared on a large helping of high levels of stress by loving parents who had their own issues coupled with careers that presented other pressures. Not really knowing what was going on but always feeling a little off piste I found it difficult to understand what was troubling me. As I grew up, I began to notice how many people struggled with anxiety and stress and the effects this had on others around them. I also suffered a bout of it myself. It felt ugly, at first I didn’t know what to do and I hated it. My husband and children probably didn’t like it but didn’t really know how to handle it either. This will be a similar story for so many people struggling with stress and anxiety and for their loved ones.
Stress Relief Awareness Day is a fun, educational and inspiring day, not only for those struggling with anxiety and stress, but also for the carers. A lot of sufferers and carers alike are trying to find alternative methods of managing their difficult feelings. Let’s face it, if you are struggling with managing stress then you haven’t found the right set of strategies yet.
What makes stress difficult to manage?
We are all so individual, we all have:
- Different stress levels
- Different emotional baggage
- Different triggers
- Process information in a different way
- Respond differently to different support strategies
Therefore, there is no one fix strategy which means it can be difficult, to find a strategy that works for you.
Stress Relief Awareness Day is designed to give people a better understanding of their unwanted feelings and the opportunity to try some different complimentary therapies. If Stress Relief Awareness Day can help people find the right strategy they can to go out into the world and help themselves to have a happier, healthier, more fulfilled lifestyle.
People say to me:
“Cath, you must be so chilled out all the time?” This always makes me laugh because being stress free is not guaranteed. We all get anxious and feel stressed but it’s how we handle and control it. It is about our choices in life and how we use them. Here are some of the keys to handling your anxiety and stress:
- Know your triggers
- Keep tabs on your feelings
- Be honest with yourself about your feelings
- Gather up a great tool kit of strategies
- Kick them into action when you can feel yourself going off track
- Make small changes to your lifestyle to make life better for yourself
- Go and seek help if you continue to struggle
If you want to develop a better understanding of your own difficult feelings I hold a variety of different support structures:
- Stress Relief Awareness Days
- Recipe to Success From The Inside Out
- Mood management classes with essential oils
- One to one lifestyle change and stress relief coaching
Go to www.cathlloyd.co.uk and find out more about what I do and how I can support you.