Julian Hall breaks down the barriers and tells us some home truths. What do most of his clients admit to relying on and why?

In this penultimate episode – Julian exposes some of the most popular forms of stress relief. We learn what people lean on as crutches, just to get by in their everyday life. You’ll be shocked to see how many of these may be applicable to you or people you know!

Want to watch our series from the beginning? Don’t worry – you can access that right here and come back to this episode when you are ready!

Estimated Watch Time: 3 Minutes

No time right now? Well, you can either pop back here later on – or scroll down to see the main points of episode three below!

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Episode Six: Stress Crutches

The most obvious habits that most people confess to are overindulging in drink, drugs, and food.

Did You Know?

46% of people admit to over-eating when they are under stress. Julian personally believes this is higher. If this period of stress is long enough, even when the period has passed, we may already be in the habit of over-feeding ourselves. It won’t end at the stressful period, as without meaning to we may already have formed an unhealthy relationship with food.

More recently, we see terms such as ‘retail therapy’ and ‘gym junky’. The people use use shopping and gym visits in order to alleviate their stresses.  Gym junkies specifically are dependent on their exercise regime in order to manage their stress and/or mental health in some cases.

If you can’t do without a certain crutch within a day be it drink, drugs, food, shopping or exercise – chances are the relationship is an unhealthy one and you need to examine this closely. You can trial this as an experiment by going without and monitor if this causes you stress. In direct contrast, the crutch rely on may involuntarily be contributing to our stress.

Thank you for both watching and reading our blog – these are certainly interesting findings aren’t they? Most of us can relate to using certain crutches as a form of relief or a crutch, but it’s important to know when this is a problem.
Please share this with any colleagues, family or friends that you think may benefit from learning this information! If this series has resonated with you and you’d like some information on our Mental Health First Aid Courses, please click here.


Jessica Clarke-Wheatley

Jessica Clarke-Wheatley

Jessica is the Brand and Communications Officer nationally for SkillBase First Aid. She loves sharing stories about how SkillBase First Aid turns people in 'Standby-Superheroes'.

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