A lot of people can relate to feeling stressed. When I ask people what causes their stress, the most common reasons they give me are:
- Other people (including their manager and relationship breakdowns)
- Financial worries
- Life events, like redundancy and bereavement
Recognising symptoms of stress early and knowing how to manage it healthily can make a big difference to our health and wellbeing.
Some common symptoms of stress include:
- headaches and stomach upsets with no physical cause
- sweating palms, “shakes”, legs trembling
- repetitive, negative thoughts about not being able to cope
- tension in the neck and shoulders
- trouble sleeping
- loss of appetite or eating more
- irritable and snappy
- relying on drugs, alcohol or engaging in other distraction techniques and coping mechanisms
You can read a story about stress here.
The symptoms of stress can be very similar to anxiety. A certain amount of anxiety is normal, like when you go for an interview. Anxiety becomes a problem when it stops you living your daily life in a healthy way. (You can read more about anxiety here).
If you recognise any of these descriptions, make an appointment to see your doctor so you can talk through local treatment options. These might include:
If you’re really struggling with your mental health, you can also ring Samaritans on 116 123, they’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Stress is something we all experience from time to time. With the right help, you can manage yours healthily and get your sparkle back.
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