How to recognise and deal with Stress

At sometime in our lives we are all most likely going to feel stress. Some people cope very well with this and may find that it can help them to work more productively but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes stress can build up too much and make it difficult to cope with stress. It’s important to know if you are struggling to cope support is always available.

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Signs that you are stressed

Stress can cause symptoms physically, mentally or a change in behaviour. Below are some possible symptoms of stress:

  • Headaches/dizziness
  • Muscle tensions or pain
  • Stomach problems
  • Chest pains or a faster heartbeat
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Struggling to make a decisions
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Constantly worrying
  • Being forgetful
  • Acting irritable or snappy
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Avoiding places or people
  • Smoking or drinking more

Help to cope with stress

Try talking to a friend or family member about how you are feeling. Talking can help. Exercising is great for your physical health and mental health also relieving stress and taking your mind off the situations that could be leading to you feeling stressed, making time for yourself. Managing your time, making lists and timescales for what you have to do helps you because you may feel more in control. Breathing exercisers can help too, alongside mindfulness and relaxation methods.

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Professional Help

If you notice you are not coping with stress it’s important to see a Health Professional who will support you to overcome this. You can find professional help from the following:

  • Samaritans – call 116 123 or email
  • The Mental Health Charity – Mind
  • Gp practice
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT
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