A small amount of pressure in everyday life can be good for you; it can give you motivation and help you perform better. However, too much pressure or prolonged stress can be very damaging for both the body and mind.
We all react to stress differently and some people may have a higher threshold than others. When we become stressed we invoke the ‘fight or flight' response which causes our bodies to release chemicals including cortisol, adrenaline and nor-adrenaline which give us the resources we need to either fight for our lives or run away very fast.
There are many different symptoms of stress, the most common are:
- Feeling Tired
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Frequent Crying
- Chest Pain
- Difficulty Sleeping
There are many different causes of stress, the most common being:
- Money matters
- Job Issues
- Family Problems
- Moving House
There are many different treatments available for stress. As with all illnesses, it is advisable to seek diagnosis from a medical professional.
A couple of stress busters to try…this one takes 30 seconds….
Place one hand on your chest and one hand on your tummy, take two deep breaths, trying to keep the hand on your chest still and pushing out the hand on your belly.
This one takes 3 to 4 minutes…
Sit relaxed in a chair with steady tidal breathing, close your eyes and focus on what you can hear. Firstly focus on what you can hear outside the room, then focus on what you can hear inside the room, and then focus on the sound of your own breathing. Listen for a minute or two then slowly bring yourself back by hearing what is happening inside the room, then outside the room, then all around you.
Relaxation is a skill, which needs to be practised regularly to be effective.
Positive Mental Wellbeing (including Stress management)
It's easy to think that mental health issues don't concern us, but in fact a quarter of us will have problems with our mental wellbeing at some time in our lives. There is evidence to show that maintaining good levels of mental well-being can help keep you healthy and well physically and mentally. Scientists looking at a wealth of international evidence have concluded that there are five ways to keep well:
Five steps to mental wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.
If you approach them with an open mind and try them, you can judge the results yourself.
Connect - Be Active - Keep Learning - Give to others - Take notice
For further ideas how to follow these steps please follow the link below:
Useful contacts & Further Information
Gloucestershire Self-Harm Helpline is a telephone support service for people affected by self-harm: 0808 801 0606 http://www.rethink.org/
People needing support with emotional health issues should contact their GP, or the local “Let’s Talk” service
(provided by the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust) which provides a range of free support for stress, anxiety and depression. To contact “Let’s Talk”, call 0800 073 2200 or visit www.talk2gether.nhs.uk.
2gether NHS Foundation Trust has also developed a mobile mood diary for the iPhone. It is a confidential, discrete and portable tool aimed at helping people to monitor their mood and by doing so, help know themselves better. It also provides top tips to good wellbeing and based on the individual’s responses, appropriate access to self-help information through Let’s Talk our local Improving Access to Psychological Therapy service. The application is available through iTunes.
provide confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing
despair, distress or suicidal feelings. They can be contacted on
08457 90 90 90, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.samaritans.org/
is a Gloucestershire Charity. They support individuals, families, and communities with concerns about mental health, alcohol or drugs. Help is provided to enable people to build their self-esteem and confidence, so that they can take more control of their lives, become more independent and realise their potential. If you just want to talk to someone now, we recommend you call 0845 8638323 http://www.independencetrust.co.uk/home-page.aspx
If you are concerned about a family member, colleague or friend, please encourage them to contact their GP, or one of the local support services available like Let’s Talk, the Samaritans or Independence Trust.