4 November 2020
Derbyshire Police Federation wellbeing lead Sergeant Bryan is encouraging members to use upcoming awareness days as opportunities to look after their wellbeing.
National Stress Awareness Day takes place today (Wednesday 4 November) and is a chance to think about our wellbeing and find advice or support on managing stress.
Meanwhile, Alcohol Awareness Week runs from 16 to 22 November and provides an opportunity for people to get thinking about their drinking. This year’s theme is alcohol and mental health.
“Being under pressure is a normal part of our working lives as police officers but excessive pressure can leave us feeling overwhelmed by stress,” said Adam, who is also a Federation workplace representative.
“Stress can also be related to worries about finances or a change in circumstances. And with the added worry over the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever are feeling stressed because of all of the uncertainty.
“And quite often when they’re stressed, alcohol is the first thing people turn to as a way of coping.
“But drinking too much or too often can mask or hide wellbeing issues such as stress and prevent them from being properly addressed.
“However, there are positive steps you can take to help you cope such as exercise, eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep.
“Do something you enjoy; talk to friends, family or colleagues about how you’re feeling; or you may consider talking to a counsellor.”
Police Mutual has produced a guide for managing stress to coincide with today’s National Stress Awareness Day.