In 2018, according to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of people have felt so stressed that they have become overwhelmed and unable to cope. But what is stress? How does it affect a daily routine? And what can be done to treat it?
Stress is your body’s response to pressures from a life event or a situation you have experienced. Causes of stress can be far reaching and may be determined by social and economic factors, your environment and/or genetics. It may even be a positive change in your life that is bringing stress such as starting a new job or moving house or getting married.
Signs of Stress
There are many signs that people show when they are stressed; one of these is emotional changes. You may experience a range of different feelings including anger, frustration, fear, anxiety and sadness but sometimes the feelings can feed off each other and lead to physical pain and panic attacks.
Another sign is behavioural changes. You may begin to withdraw from situations, isolate yourself from friends or family or become indecisive, this could be a sign of stress.
Bodily changes is another sign. Sometimes you can have physical symptoms which include headaches, migraines and nausea. Many people live with this no problem long term and short-term stress will see these symptoms come and go as soon as the stressful period is over.
These signs can affect everyday life in many ways, one of which making it difficult to carry on with work or important tasks.
How does Stress Affect People?
Stress affects people very differently but receiving help for long term stress can be very helpful for your mental and physical wellbeing. The NHS gives many simple tips to do yourself whilst trying to cope with stress:
- Try mindfulness
- Use calming breathing exercises
- Share your problem with family or friends
- Take a break
- Try some regular exercise
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
If you are struggling to cope with stress and stressful situations that life throws at you, you may be well advised to seek counselling.
Here at Salford Counselling we offer a completely confidential counselling service. Please speak to us to arrange an initial consultation which can be the first step on reliving these problems.