May 3, 2022 / CPOVs

We All Get Stressed. Here Are Some Tips.

May is Mental Health Awareness month, something that can take on many definitions for different people. One of which is stress, something that everyone has experienced at one point or another. Combatting stress is an important step in looking out for one’s mental health. In an industry where things move exceptionally quickly and can change suddenly, we know firsthand how important it is to be mindful and check in with ourselves regularly. 

Fellow CPers share some of their best practices for reducing the stressors that can impact our mental health. 

Breathe 

When I’m stressed I try to remember to breathe; to check in with my body and pay attention to what’s going on around me. I try to remember to read the stories I’m telling myself about myself. I try to remember to give myself a break. 

Mostly I de-stress by walking outside, especially near water. 

Relationships are like places you can go, too. They create space. The space created through my wife is by far the purest place I de-stress. I can try to remember to do this or that, but she shows me where home and safety are without even trying. I can give myself a break, but she gives me something far more unconditional.

Paul M. Capobianco, Cultural Anthropologist 

Connelly Partners Boston

Talk it out! 

If you’re stressing about something, it can be extremely therapeutic to chat through it with a family member, a friend, or colleague who may bring a different perspective, share a solution or even just be there to listen. You know what they say, a problem shared is a problem halved!

Practice gratitude. 

Starting and ending the day with gratitude has proven benefits. Try writing down two or three things you’re grateful for. It could be the sunshine, the coffee you had on your way to work, the chat with your friend, the lunch you had. By simply taking some time to regularly appreciate the little things in everyday life, you’ll be amazed how quickly your mood will change.

Practice relaxation techniques. 

Taking the time to relax every day helps to manage stress and to protect the body from the effects of stress. You can choose from a variety of techniques, such as deep breathing and mindfulness meditation. These are quick ways of grounding yourself when your client briefs you and the due date is yesterday….yes, we have all been there! 

It’s okay to say “No!” 

To anything that is too demanding of your time and energy or that will place too much stress on you. You don’t always have to meet the expectations of others or the pressures that you put on yourself. 

Nature is nurture! 

Going for a walk around your favourite place and listening to music or a high-vibe podcast can be a great mood-lifter. Research shows that going for a swim in the sea is a great way to release endorphins and reduce stress. Even on those rainy, cold, Irish mornings, Portmarnock Beach in Dublin is one of my favourite locations to go for a dip to get some vitamin sea! 

Karla Whelan, Social and Digital Media Manager & Kelly Murtagh, Junior Account Manager  

Connelly Partners Dublin