Dealing with Stress
Mental health is associated with the level of stress that we are faced with and our ability to manage it. Some stress may be a positive experience, helping us to perform well in an interview or a test. Too much stress on the other hand, can make existing conditions such as anxiety and depression worsen.
High levels of stress can make us feel that we are under too much mental and emotional pressure. Symptoms of high levels of stress can include:
- High blood pressure
- Sleeping problems
- Poor concentration
- Constant worrying
- Bad temper
All of us experience stresses throughout our day without it presenting too much of an issue. As these stresses increase, some people can find it much harder to deal with situations. The causes of stress are many but can include:
- Unemployment and money
- Family and friends
- Loss of a loved one
How to cope with stress
Here are some tips on how to cope with stress:
- Speak to someone – You could talk to friends and family. If your stress is work related you may be able to speak to a manager or colleague for support.
- Physical activity – this is a great way to relieve stress. It also releases endorphins which can help alleviate your mood
- Relaxation – breathing techniques or classes such as yoga or pilates allow for a calm environment which can help relieve stress – why not book in to a class today?
- Visit your GP – if your stress becomes overwhelming or you feel unable to cope you may be able to get help or advice on useful ways of beating stress, including medication if the stress is severe
For more information on coping with stress visit:
Coping with work stress
Work-related stress is responsible for 40% of all work-related illness. It can often be hard saying 'no' to new tasks which can lead to unmanageable workloads. Unsurprisingly this can be very stressful.
Along with contributing to mental health conditions like depression, stress also negatively affects the heart. Therefore, it's important to address any issues and find ways to relieve stress.
Coping with money worries
Money can be a huge cause of stress too. Sudden expenses or the loss of employment can put people in challenging positions wondering how they will afford to feed themselves or their family. Here are some tips for dealing with this problem:
- Be sociable - It is important to continue to keep in touch with friends and family, and not cut yourself off
- Keep your CV up to date - if your CV needs some work visit: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/getajob/cvs/Pages/default.aspx for advice
- Be active - get outside and do some walking or running (visit the NHS ‘Get Fit for Free’ page for more information http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/free-fitness.aspx) or visit our Better website better.org.uk
- Don’t ignore bills
- Get advice on managing debt (visit https://www.gov.uk/options-for-paying-off-your-debts/overview for more advice) Try to avoid drinking too much alcohol - not only is it expensive but it can also affect your mood.
Coping with ill health
Coping with ill health is unsurprisingly a stressful time, either for yourself or if you are caring for a loved one and may potentially lead to individuals developing depression. If you are worried or are experiencing more extreme symptoms, please visit your GP for advice and guidance on your symptoms or those of your loved ones.
Coping with bereavement
The loss of a loved one is a particularly tough time. There are no rules on how long or what the right or wrong way is to adjust to loss is; everyone copes in their own way. Please visit the following web site to give some support and advice on how to get support during this period. Visit http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/bereavement/Pages/coping-with-bereavement.aspx for more information on coping with bereavement.