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Stress Busters!

29 March 2017
 

Stress Management:

More than 11 million UK workdays are lost due to stress depression or anxiety each year. Stress is a normal part of life but our body’s reaction causes changes to our physical, mental and emotional responses. For example: it can cause headaches, stomach pain, sleep issues, illness, low mood and depression.

Stress can creep up on us and can be as a result of your environment, for example; work related issues, family, relationships, bereavement, your thoughts and many other issues that happen around you.

Listen to your body. When you’re happy you laugh and feel good, try to recognize when this changes – are your muscles tense, is your heart racing. This is the time to take action and to do something different. (Eg; Get up from your desk for example and move about).

Identifying where you stressors come from can help you to understand how stress impacts your behaviours and your life.

Here are a few ideas that might help:

  •  Keep a diary. Write down how you feel each day and what is making you unhappy. What has irritated you and how you feel about a situation. Then start to look at what you CAN change. (Some things are out of our control and we have to accept that this is life right now).

 

  •  Use your Senses. One of the quickest way to reduce stress is to use one of your 5 senses: Sight, sound, taste, smell, touch. (Everyone is different so find out which helps you the most).

 

  • Check your response:
  • If you tend to become depressed, withdrawn, or spaced out when stressed then perhaps you will respond best to stress relief activities that are stimulating and energizing.
  • If you tend to become agitated, angry or overly emotional, then perhaps you will respond best to stress relief activities that are calming and will quiet you down.

 

  • Start small. Don’t try and tackle a big issue that’s causing you stress, instead try something you have been putting off.

 

  • Identify a stressor that occurs frequently and think about how you can tackle the issue. Make a commitment to tackle that over the next few weeks.

 

These are just a few tips to help identify and deal with the stresses in life. Everyone is different and therefore stress affects us in various ways. When our resilience levels are low, we often don’t handle situations as we once may have done. Be kind to yourself and try accept that you won’t always feel this way.

If you need further support contact your GP or seek support from a qualified therapist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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