Stress can present itself in several kinds of situations, whether from minor daily hassles such as running late for work or significant stressors like financial issues. According to ABS NHS, 2.4 million Australians above 18 are dealing with the repercussions of stress. Furthermore, this ratio has increased by 12% since 2015, showing that things only seem to be getting worse.
Even if you are not typically an anxious person, it's common to feel some anxiety during periods of change or uncertainty. This anxiety is what our body does to try and avoid any danger to keep ourselves safe.
If you’re feeling anxious or worried during this time, you’re not alone. Anxiety is normal, and in some cases it can be helpful. For example, research during past pandemics show that people who worry are more likely to do the things that help to keep the virus at bay, like frequent hand washing and staying at home.
However, sometimes anxiety can be unhelpful which is very common. Here are some top tips from the Blackdog Institute on how we can best manage ourselves during this stressful and uncertain time. We are all in this together 🧡