Stress has many faces, and creeps into our lives from many directions. No matter what causes it, stress puts the body and the mind on edge. It floods the body with stress hormones. The heart pounds. Muscles tense. Breathing quickens. The stomach churns. Stress a worrisome illness, an argument with your partner, a job turning sour. It’s the need to care for an ailing parent and a pile of unpaid bills.
Most people feel stressed sometimes and some people find stress helpful or even motivating. But if stress is affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help.
Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. It can dampen the immune system, increasing susceptibility to colds and other common infections. It can contribute to asthma, digestive disorders, cancer, and other health problems. New research even supports the notion that high levels of stress somehow speed up the aging process.
Symptoms of stress
Stress can cause many different symptoms. It might affect how you feel physically, mentally and also how you behave.
- Physical symptoms
- Headaches or dizziness
- Muscle tension or pain
- Stomach problems
- Chest pain or a faster heartbeat
- Sexual problems
2. Mental symptoms
- Difficulty concentrating
- Struggling to make decisions
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Constantly worrying
- Being forgetful
3. Changes in behaviour
- Being irritable and snappy
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Eating too much or too little
- Avoiding certain places or people
- Drinking or smoking more
Things you can try to help with stress
- Try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member or health professional.
- Find out more about Stress Busters– including getting started with exercise and setting aside time for yourself
- Use easy time-management techniques to help you take control
- Use calming breathing exercises
- plan ahead for stressful days or events – planning long journeys or making a list of things to remember can really help
- consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help each other.
- search and download relaxation and mindfulness apps or online community apps.
- Do not try to do everything at once – set small targets you can easily achieve
- Do not focus on the things you cannot change – focus your time and energy into helping yourself feel better
- Try not to tell yourself that you’re alone – most people feel stressed at some point in their life and support is available
- Try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve stress – these can all contribute to poor mental health.
Consult your Doctor if:
- You’re struggling to cope with stress
- Things you’re trying yourself are not helping
- you would prefer to get a referral from a physician
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