Read a short note from Dr. Phil Sharples on Stress Awareness Month: 

“April is Stress Awareness Month and an opportunity for us to reflect and consider both the causes and treatments for stress relief in our everyday lives. According to the Global Organization for Stress, 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month and nearly half reported that their stress has increased in the past year1. Undoubtedly, the last year has been a difficult year for everyone, but it is still so important we address stress and work together to understand what is causing it and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us.

If you find yourself feeling more stressed than normal and need additional support, it is a good idea to understand what options are available to you to access. Many workplaces offer Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs), which can be accessed online or by phone, offering an array of services from emotional, financial and legal advice at no personal cost which can be truly valuable in times of stress.

This year’s Stress Awareness Month is around ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’. As part of this, you can participate in a 30-Day Challenge where you’re encouraged to take up one action every day to benefit your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.” - Dr. Phil Sharples, Chief Medical Officer, Global Solutions, UnitedHealthcare Global