Resources for Stress Management
International Stress Awareness Week (7-11 November 2022) is an opportunity to raise awareness of the impact that excessive stress can have on our mental health and highlight the things we can do to manage our stress levels
International Stress Awareness Week (7-11 November 2022) is an opportunity to raise awareness of the impact that excessive stress can have on our mental health and highlight the things we can do to manage our stress levels.
Stress can adversely affect all professionals. It can take its toll on your career, relationships and, above all, health. Long-term, low-grade or acute stress takes a serious toll on your body and mind. This can often negatively affect mental health.
Understanding what’s happening inside your body and learning simple coping skills can help combat the negative impacts of everyday stress. Developing resilience and dealing with stress calls upon the individual to raise their awareness, adapt their ways of thinking, and maximise control.
Here are a few programmes that can help teach you these skills, help you manage your stress levels and support you in your mental health journey.
ICAS support for CAs
CA Wellbeing is a place for ICAS Students and Members to learn more about wellbeing-related topics, with debate and ideas, and links to information and assistance. For many people who are struggling to cope or dealing with difficult issues, the act of engaging in conversations can be hugely beneficial. These conversations might be with friends or family, with employers or medical professionals.
CA Wellbeing provides tips on creating a space in which voices can be heard and ideas can be openly shared.
Career Mentoring Programme
Career mentoring can play a vital role in a Chartered Accountant’s professional success. Working with a mentor can be beneficial at all stages of your career, from your training contract, through your early post-qualified years and even when you’re an established manager or leader. A mentoring relationship should be a safe space for talking openly and may be a source of guidance on dealing with professional stress.
If you are looking for any guidance or support at the moment, then consider reaching out to another CA via our Career Mentoring programme .
Other organisations that can provide support
The Scottish Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (SCABA) is a charity which supports CAs, their dependants and prospective CAs who are in need. SCABA was founded in 1919 and since then has supported hundreds of members and their families. Life-changing events mean that support may be needed for a variety of reasons such as ill-health, redundancy, debt or re-training. Find out more about how SCABA can help you.
Whether you’re seeking support, are looking for more information for you or someone you love, or if you just want to have chat about mental health, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAHM) can help.
See Me is Scotland's national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination. The campaign encourages people to take action to make a difference by joining a movement of thousands of people across Scotland. Visit the See Us pages and get all the tools and resources you need to take action.
The ICAS Mental Fitness Pledge
The ICAS Mental Fitness Pledge is part of a long-term strategic commitment to the wellbeing of our Students, Members and colleagues, to help us learn, grow and advance together. You can read more about our commitment to mental fitness, here.