Symptoms of Stress
Stress can affect how you feel emotionally, mentally and physically, and also how you behave.
How you may feel emotionally
- irritable and 'wound up'
- anxious or fearful
- lacking in self-esteem
How you may feel mentally
- racing thoughts
- constant worrying
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty making decisions
How you may feel physically
- muscle tension or pain
- sleep problems
How you may behave
- drinking or smoking more
- snapping at people
- avoiding things or people you are having problems with
A bit more info
Stress is not an illness itself, but if it isn't under control it can cause serious illnesses, such as heart disease, asthma, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. Spotting the early signs of stress, like sweating, loss of appetite, headaches and loss of concentration will help prevent it getting worse.
The estimated cost of stress to the UK economy ranges from £3.5 billion - £100 billion per year. Whichever figure you look at - it's a lot of money. Probably more important is the cost to our quality of life and health - so we should all be doing things to manage our stress levels. And there are plenty of things we can do about stress - not only increasing our awareness of it but also taking steps in our life to reduce the impact.
What can be done to treat stress
You can't always prevent stress, but there are lots of things you can do to manage stress better. You could:
• use time-management techniques
• try mindfulness – studies have found that mindfulness can help to reduce stress and improve your mood
• use calming breathing exercises
• download some relaxation and mindfulness apps onto your phone
• listen to an anxiety control audio guide
Other things that may help:
• share your problems with family or friends make more time for your interests and hobbies
• take a break or holiday
• take some regular exercise and make sure you are eating healthily
• make sure you are getting enough sleep
We're here to help too
It's hard to resolve emotional or psychological problems on your own so we provide access to a wide range of courses that can give you a better understanding of yourself. More importantly, you will be 'arming' yourself with the tools required to get back to being the 'real' you.
We can provide several services to help you manage stress such as self-help courses. Courses are free and are held in various locations across Bristol. There are also courses on Anger Management, Anxiety, Panic, Low Mood, Worry, Sleep Management, Assertiveness and Emotional Management to name just a few.
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