The International Stress Management Association UK is promoting Wednesday 3rd November as National Stress Awareness Day (NSAD).

ISMA is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1974, with the UK branch being formed in 1984. Now with branches in 10 countries they promote sound knowledge and best practice in the prevention and reduction of human stress.

At any one time, it is believed 1 in 5 of us suffer from stress and the sources of stress are widespread. If you suffer from stress, being able to understand what stress is, how it affects you, and how you can manage it, can go a long way to improving your health and general wellbeing.

Karen Kirk, the Community Psychiatric Nurse based here at Bruntsfield Medical Practice, has put together a detailed and resource-filled article for the website on managing stress, mild anxiety, and low mood symptoms, to coincide with NSAD.

If you recognise the symptoms of stress, anxiety and low mood in yourself, or a loved one, look into the resources mentioned by Karen in the article linked above, or phone the practice to make an appointment with your usual GP to discuss it.

Did you know?

In 2012-13 the practice had over 2000 patients eligible to receive the seasonal influenza vaccination on the NHS. The Immunisation Scotland website has comprehensive information about the annual flu vaccine, including how it works and who should get it.
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