Mind Your Head
Stress is a response in your body & brain which occurs when you believe you are under more pressure than you believe you can cope with. Most people have experienced stress at some point, and the things which one person finds stressful may not be so bad for somebody else.
In the short term, some stress can actually be good for you; it pushes you out of your comfort zone, which can feel a bit scary, but which can help you to achieve things, for example a runner may feel under pressure before a big race, or you might feel really nervous before a job interview but the chemical reaction in their body may actually help them to perform better.
Over time though, too much stress can be damaging to the body and brain.
How does it affect me?
Finding the right thing to help with stress may depend on what has caused the stress in the first place. The following tips are useful as a general guide to tackling stress:
Be self aware - When it comes to stress knowing your own mind and body can be really useful – this is because if you can recognise the early warning signs of stress you can do something about them before they become overwhelming.
Unwind - Everybody is different, so we all have different things which will help us to unwind. The things that appeal to one person may be totally unappealing for somebody else. It’s good to find what works for you; here are some ideas to get you started:
Look at things from a new perspective - If a friend or family member was experiencing this stress what would you advise them to do?If this feels very difficult then perhaps you could ask someone close to you to help find a way to tackle the problem.
Know when you need to get more help - Stress can creep up on us. It’s important to recognise your limits and know when you need support from someone else. Your GP is a good place to start. They may be able to put you in touch with things that can help locally.
You may also find it useful to look at this booklet from the NHS, which you can access by clicking here.
learn more about stress and skills to cope with it.
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