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Stress - Group talk week commencing 7th March 2022.


No one is immune to stress however everyone copes with it differently, some people find stress helpful or even motivating, but for others it can effect every aspect of their life negatively. There are things that you can try to help relieve stress.


Symptoms of stress


Stress can effect how we feel, physically, mentally and also how we behave/react. We don't always recognise these changes due to stress.


Physically

  • Headaches/dizziness

  • muscle tension/pain

  • stomach problems

  • chest pain or racing heartbeat

  • sexual problems

Mentally

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • struggling to make decisions

  • feeling over whelmed

  • constantly worrying

  • being forgetful

Behavioural changes

  • Being irritable/snappy

  • Sleeping more/less

  • increased/decreased appetite

  • avoidance of places/people

  • Increased drinking/snacking

The first step to feeling better is to identify the cause.


Professor Cary Cooper, an Occupational Health Expert at the University of Lancaster says "In life, there's always a solution to a problem."


He then says "Not taking control of the situation and doing nothing will only make your problem worse."


He says the key to good stress management are building emotional strength, being in control of your situation, having good social network, and adopting a positive outlook.


Top 10 stress busters


Be Active - doesn't disappear stress , but helps clear our thought and reduce some emotion.


Take Control - Every problem has a solution, by taking control empowers us.


Connect With People - A saying that is true 'A problem shared is a problem halved.'


Me Time - Take time to relax and do activities you really enjoy.


Challenge Yourself - Helps build confidence, this helps you deal with stress.


Avoid Unhealthy Habits - Avoid crutches, they won't solve the problem.


Help others - Helping others is shown to build resilience.


Work Smarter, not harder - Prioritise work/jobs, concentrating on projects that'll make a difference.


Try to be positive - Always look for the positives and look for gratefulness, try a 'Glass half full instead of a glass half empty.'


Accept the things you can't change - If you can't control something move on and focus on what you can control.


Next time you are stressed try one or all of these strategies - remembering to breathe.


Resources


ww.com/uk/healthy-living/life-tips


https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/feelings-symptoms-behaviours/feelings-and-symptoms/stress/


https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/guides-tools-and-activities/tips-to-reduce-stress/




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