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Stress is the word that many people use when they are describing how the demands of their life seem to be becoming too great for them to cope with. This ability to cope varies from person to person and what one person finds stressful may not be a problem for another. Whilst many of us suffer with stress at times in our day to day lives, long-term stress is known to be bad for our health and many of us would like to find ways to gain some control over it.

Signs of Stress

The signs of stress vary from person ​to person but here are some of ​the most common ones. Do you ​recognise any of them in yourself?

Physical signs

  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Stomach problems
  • Sweating
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Bowel or bladder problems
  • Breathlessness or palpitations
  • Dry mouth
  • Tingling in body
  • Sexual problems
  • Tired all the time

 

Emotions

  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling anxious or tense
  • Feeling low
  • Feeling lack of interest
  • Feeling bad about yourself
  • Effects on what you do
  • Temper outbursts
  • Drinking or smoking too much
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Withdrawing from usual activities
  • Becoming unreasonable
  • Being forgetful or clumsy
  • Rushing around
  • Not sleeping

 

If you have some of these signs it ​may be you are experiencing stress. These are some of the short-term ​signs but long-term health risks ​from stress can be serious. For ​example, heart disease, high blood ​pressure, severe depression, stroke, ​migraine, severe anxiety, asthma, ​low resistance to infection, bowel ​problems, stomach problems ​especially ulcers, fatigue and sleep ​problems.




Courses we provide that can help you


Silvercloud

SilverCloud is an exciting online therapy programme proven to help with stress, anxiety, low-mood and depression. There are a range of programmes, including extra activities and ideas from mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy. The programme is flexible; use it anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. You can even access it on a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Click here to read more

 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 

This group programme that combines meditation and cognitive behaviour therapy in order to help people manage problems with recurrent depression and stress. Click here to read more





How can I help myself? 

Coping with stress

Studies have shown that the first step in tackling stress is to become aware that it is a problem for you. The next stage is to make a plan to take control of the causes and effects of stress.Here are some practical ways to take control of stress.

Change of environment/break

Try to plan at least one each year with a change in activities and surrounding.

Open up

If your relationship is part of the problem. Communication is very important.

Work

Is that the problem? What are your options? Could you retrain? What aspects are stressful? Could you delegate? Could you get more support?

Try to concentrate on the present

Don’t dwell on the past or future worries.

Own up to yourself that you are feeling stressed

Half the battle is admitting it!

Be realistic

About what you can achieve. Don’t take too much on.

Eat a balanced diet

Eat slowly and sit down, allowing at least half an hour for each meal.

Action plans

Try to write down the problems in your life that may be causing stress, and as many possible solutions as you can. Make a plan to deal with each problem.

Time management

Plan your time, doing one thing at a time and building in breaks. Don’t make too many changes at once in your life.

Set priorities

If you could only do one thing, what would it be?

Talk things over 

With a friend or family member or someone else you can trust and share your feelings with.

Relaxation or leisure time 

Each day is important. Try new ways to relax such as aromatherapy, reflexology or yoga. 

Exercise regularly

At least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on five or more occasions per week is excellent for stress control. Walking is good- appreciate the countryside.

Say no and don’t feel guilty

 

Seek professional help

If you have tried these things and still your stress is a problem.