Stress Awareness Month Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Research carried out on 2000 adults in the UK identified that 65% of people have felt more stressed since COVID-19 restrictions began in March 2020. The three main areas of concern are feelings of disconnection, uncertainty and a worrying loss of control. For that reason this year’s theme is ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’. Change and uncertainty can be a scary time for everyone; and it can be extremely difficult to adapt to the changes most of us have experienced, in many different ways, over the past year. That’s why it is so important for us to deal with the emotions we feel, build resilience and ensure our health and wellbeing is a priority. Making commitments to yourself is a really positive step to take and here we list the top five. Commitment 1: Stick to a daily routine Commitment 2: Keep connected digitally Commitment 3: Keep things in perspective -the bigger picture Commitment 4: Focus on what is within your control Commitment 5: Take time out to prioritise your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing The Strathcarron Hospice Compassionate Communities team offers various ways of connecting with people in your local area. Please email [email protected] for further information.