Nottingham’s employers are being encouraged to check on their staff’s mental health on National Stress Awareness Day.

Employees across the country have missed 12.8 million days at work in the last year due to mental health conditions such as; stress, depression and anxiety.

With 1 in 8 employees in the UK admitting to having mental health conditions, National Stress Awareness Day is providing a platform for stress and amplifying the importance of individual wellbeing.

Feeling stressed can make you feel like you’re on the verge of a breakdown as well as creating physical problems like headaches or tiredness, according to Mind the mental health charity, which is why knowing how to manage your stress is paramount.

The main struggle for employees is recognising that their stress is overwhelming and how to actively reduce stress in their daily lives.

Paul Dodsley, of Nottingham Trent University, told us how the health and wellbeing team train their staff in Mental Health First Aid, and provides the staff with a toolkit to manage stress.

Employees are taught that everyone has a stress bucket and when this bucket fills we must find a way to tap it. Here are some of the ways in which they recommend to relieve some of your stress:

Talk to someone – this may seem simple but talking to a superior at work, a colleague you trust or a family or friend will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders and may even help you find solutions to your problems from the fresh perspectives.

Tell someone how you’re feeling. (Credit to Christin Hume)

Write it down – as you write down your worries, feel them slip away word by word. ‘Mind’ charity has produced ‘When I’m stressed’ cards to help you with this.

Exercise – being regularly active will not reduce your stress but it will relieve the emotional weight of what you are feeling and may help you clear your mind.

Keep active through exercise. (Credit to Bruce Mars)

Take some time out – try to relax and make time for yourself regularly. Sometimes in the workplace, there are people around all day long and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Spending an evening by yourself to just be alone with your own thoughts can do a world of good.

Take time out to reflect and relax. (Credit to Sid Leigh)

The mental health charity Mind is suggesting that a stress awareness space be incorporated into the workplace for employees to share their thoughts and feelings with others.

To join the conversation use the hashtag #Nationalstressawarenessday2019.