What’s it all about?2018-03-14T10:01:59+00:00

How it works

Just like a dress down day we ask you to donate an amount of money for time off to de-stress. Employers are asked to support this initiative by giving the time off. The donations to FirstLight then go to fund our community program through the Sharpe’s community hubs.

It’s important that you do actually use this time to de-stress, and we want to hear what you are going to do with your time as relaxing is so different for everyone. So tweet, insta or send us a message letting us know what you are up to. You can use the #stressdowndayuk to share and inspire other people.

At the end of your #stressdowndayuk, we hope that you have a smile on your face, not only from relaxing but also knowing that you’re supporting local communities and our incredible Emergency Service personnel and Arms Forces.

One Hour
Time Off

Two Hours
Time Off


Whole Day
to De-Stress

How can I get involved?

#stressdowndayUK is all about community, destressing and smiling! So:

  • Ask your company/organisation to take part
  • Support the cause with our amazing Smiler merchandise
  • Make a donation
  • Tell everyone
  • Smile more

What sort of activities could your company do?

It’s not just ‘time off’. Some ideas are:

  • a ‘stress down lunch’
  • a ‘stress down’ tai chi class
  • try yoga, walking, mindfulness
  • invite members of your local community who are involved in ‘stress down day’ to participate in an activity you are putting on

Why is it important to invest in health at work?

Sickness absence costs the UK economy over £100bn a year in productivity losses. Employers will save money and do better as a business if they invest in their staff’s mental and physical wellbeing.

Employees take home the behaviours learned at work (positive and negative) so there is a profound knock-on effect on families. Evidence shows that business initiatives that support mental health are successful. Forward-thinking companies are now appointing mental health champions, instituting walking meetings and allowing flexible working patterns.

The most important ingredient is commitment at boardroom level to invest in employees’ physical and mental health. Events such as Stress Down Day UK make it easier for companies to demonstrate that commitment.

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How to sign up your company/organisation

Just fill out our form or email your HR department asking them to sign up . Do they need more convincing? #stressdowndayUK is a great way for them to show active support for the Armed Forces Covenant they may have signed up for. To find out if your company has signed up, take a look at: Who has signed the Covenant?

We’ll then either email you a pack or send you one through the post, depending on what you’ve asked for. This will include:

  • Posters to place around your organisation
  • An email to send out to let everyone know
  • Leaflets to spread the message
Sign Up Here

Support the cause with our amazing merchandise

Make a donation

Are you struggling to get your organisation on board? You can still show your support by donating! Links to our donation page and texting options will appear here soon.

Donate Here

Tell everyone you know!

There is no greater support than helping us spread the message. You can do this by:

  • Use the hashtag #stressdowndayUK and share pictures, thoughts, what you’re doing to stress down with the world
  • Chat! Human conversation is at the heart of everything we do, so talk to your friends, families and strangers, tell them all about #stressdowndayUK

Smile more

One of the best ways to destress is to smile more. Surround yourself with people, places and anything that makes you smile.

Notice your shoulders relax as your smile appears. Repeat as much as you can.