What is stress

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure, and pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope.

Some stress is good for us - it can keep you focused or spur you on to greater success. Too much stress can do the opposite and then life becomes more difficult.

It is important to understand how stress can effect your emotional health and wellbeing. Recognising the symptoms is the first step on the road to preventing stress or coping with its effects.

If you are affected by stress then you should seek professional help. This site is intended as a guide to wellbeing and contains lifestyle rather than medical advice.

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Emotional & Physical Symptoms of stress

Emotional symptoms include:

  • Feelings of low self-esteem, feeling overwhelmed
  • Becoming more agitated, frustrated and moody
  • Not being able to relax, avoiding others

Physical symptoms include:

  • Insomnia, lack of energy, headaches, chest pains
  • Upset stomach, nausea, excess sweating or feeling cold
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles, frequent colds
  • Low sex drive, nervousness, clenched jaw or grinding teeth
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
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What can you do about stress?

Understanding your stress is the start of dealing with it. It is not always easy to remove the causes of stress so, sometimes, it may help to learn how to deal with it.

There are many types of coping strategies, some of which require specialist medical intervention. However, there are plenty of ways of preventing or dealing with the effects of stress that you can do yourself, with just a little bit of planning.

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A long journey starts with small steps

How many times have you been told not to run before you can walk or to take baby steps?

I believe that both those phrases can be applied to preventing or dealing with the effects of stress.

Try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Make small changes and try a little positivity. It works!