Stress Awareness Month

1st - 31st April

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 and aims to increase awareness about both the causes and cures for stress in our everyday lives. According to the Mental health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

Millions of us around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress and it can be damaging to your overall health. Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression. It is also linked to physical health problems like heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems. The aim of stress awareness month is to help people understand what is causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us.

Click here to find out more about Stress Awareness Month, and to keep up to date with the latest blogs, newsletters and campaigns around coping with stress.

Here at Forthglade, we're firm believers that our four-legged friends can often help us cope with the stresses of everyday life. In a recent survey of 1,500 dog owners, we found that 96% of said that walking their dog makes them feel happy, helping them relax & unwind resulting in them feeling more positive and energised whilst also strengthening the bond they have with their beloved canine companion. Sadly 93% of dog owners also said that they wish they could walk their dog more often though, so with the pressures of everyday life it can often be hard to prioritise the things we know can help us to de-stress.

As part of our Great Dog Walk Challenge, we're encouraging dog owners to get out more often with their dogs, for longer, more mindful walks which will benefit both you and your four-legged friend. You can download the challenge details to help you track your progress too! There's also lots of useful hints & tips for training, to help you overcome some of the barriers dog owners have when it comes to walking more with their canine companions.

To find out more about our Great Dog Walk Challenge click here.

Monday 1st April