Local pharmacist Jaya Lutz-Hann is calling out to the Armidale community to check in with loved ones and themselves after new research found that 95 percent of women are stressed, the equivalent to 18,181 people in the Armidale community.
"It is no surprise that such a large percentage of women are feeling the pressure of life, but the lack of knowledge around its health impact is concerning," said Ms Lutz-Hann.
"Stress can be a normal part of life, but it can have serious health implications - such as migraines, insomnia, heart disease, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system or anxiety and depression".
The research also found that 15 percent of women don't know who to ask for support.
In response to this, the Priceline Pharmacy in Armidale has introduced a health station which includes a medically reviewed stress test to help people better manage and monitor stress.
" It's conveniently located on the pharmacy floor and allows anyone to check and monitor their vitals when it suits," Ms Lutz-Hann said.
"COVID has definitely provided additional challenges such as working from home and social isolation for many and I think our Health Station Stress Test is a great way to start the conversation.
"Many people think their stress is normal but it could be taking its toll on their mood, relationships and daily functioning."
People feel stress for many reasons according to Ms Lutz-Hann and she says a lot if comes down to what you eat.
"No matter the cause or the severity of stress we cannot underestimate the value of a healthy diet, sleep and regular exercise," she said.
"Avoiding fatty and sugary food and going for a run or a walk most days can really help boost the mood to help us cope with our everyday stressors.
"Meditation and controlled breathing can also help us refocus and ground ourselves.
"Our pharmacists can help you with stress management techniques and natural stress remedies as well as referring you to your GP if required.
"It is crucially important to speak to your GP if stress is causing you to struggle. Never be afraid to ask for help."
National helplines and websites that are available 24/7 to help you manage your mental health are: