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:
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.