Are you stressed?

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 May) is stress.

What is stress?

Stress is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure. This pressure can come from different aspects of your day to day life. Such as an increased workload, a transitional period, an argument you have with your family or new and existing financial worries. You may find that it has a cumulative effect, with each stressor building on top of one another. During these situations you may feel threatened or upset and your body might create a stress response. This can cause a variety of physical symptoms, change the way you behave, and lead you to experience more intense emotions.

Stress affects us in a number of ways, both physically and emotionally and in varying intensities.

What to do when you’re feeling stressed

  1. Realise when it is causing you a problem
  2. Identify the causes
  3. Review your lifestyle

Protect yourself from stress

  1. Eat healthily
  2. Be aware of smoking and drinking alcohol
  3. Exercise
  4. Take time out
  5. Be mindful
  6. Get some restful sleep
  7. Don’t be too hard on yourself

You can follow the links to both the Mental Health Foundation and the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for a range of free self-help guides and information/support.  If you’d prefer to have a hard copy printed/sent to you please let us know and we can sort that out for you.