Man looking anxious and stressedAs Stress Awareness Month approaches, (1 April – 30 April 2024) Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust is shining a spotlight on mental health and sharing top tips to help people manage stress effectively.

In a world filled with constant demands and pressures, Stress Awareness Month is a timely reminder to acknowledge the impact of stress on mental health. According to recent studies, stress levels have been on the rise, with contributing factors such as work-related pressures and financial concerns triggered by the cost of living crisis.

Naomi Holdsworth, Operations Service Manager at Bradford District and Craven Talking TherapiesNaomi Holdsworth, Operations Service Manager at Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies said: “Stress is the body’s natural response to challenges. In small doses, it can be beneficial, motivating us to perform under pressure. However, prolonged or intense stress can have a detrimental effect on both our mental and physical health. From anxiety and depression to insomnia and fatigue, stress can impact us in various ways.  We want to support people to help manage stress and have put together some top tips for maintaining good mental health during Stress Awareness Month and beyond.”

Stress beating top tips

  • Practice self-care: Make time each day for activities that rejuvenate your mind and body, whether it’s reading, exercising, or practicing mindfulness techniques like meditation or yoga.
  • Establish boundaries: Learn to say no to commitments that overwhelm you and set healthy boundaries in your personal and professional life. Prioritise tasks and delegate when necessary to avoid burnout.
  • Stay connected: Cultivate supportive relationships with friends, family, and colleagues. Talk about your feelings and ask for support when needed.
  • Practice mindfulness: Stay present in the moment and become more aware of your thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness practices can help reduce anxiety and promote mental clarity.
  • Maintain a balanced lifestyle. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and sufficient sleep can help to beat stress. Physical well-being is closely linked to mental health, so prioritise habits that nourish both body and mind.
  • Manage stressors: Identify stress triggers and develop coping mechanisms to manage them effectively. This could involve time management strategies, problem-solving techniques, or seeking professional guidance from Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies.
  • Seek help when necessary: Reach out for professional support from Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies if you’re struggling with persistent stress or mental health challenges.

For more wellbeing tips, visit  Bradford and Craven Talking Therapies or the knowledge bank section of the website. The service is open to anyone over the age of 16 who is registered with a GP in Bradford, Wharfedale, Airedale or Craven. People don’t have to go through their GP to access support. People accessing support can register online at:

For information on all mental health and wellbeing support services in Bradford and Craven and self-help resources and apps, visit