Category: News & Written by Simon On November-03-2019 16:55:37
Stress… a word that I’m sure we are all familiar with and something that we have all experienced at some point during our lives. Whether we experience it in our personal or work lives, stress can have a big impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
”We all know what it's like to feel stressed, but it's not easy to pin down exactly what stress means. When we say things like "this is stressful" or "I'm stressed", we might be talking about the following:
Situations or events that put pressure on us – for example, times when we have lots to do and think about, or don't have much control over what happens.
Our reaction to being placed under pressure – the feelings we get when we have demands placed on us that we find difficult to cope with.”
source - Mind
There are many things that can cause us to feel stressed, whether it is high demand, uncontrollable events happening in our lives, pressure from others, deadlines, financial worries, workload, or family life.
We are all affected by stress in different ways, and we might not always recognise that how we are feeling is due to stress. So, what are some of the signs and symptoms that you may be experiencing due to stress?
Stress can affect us both emotionally and physically, some of the ways we can be affected by stress are:
- high blood pressure
- tense muscles
- feeling anxious
- unable to switch off your thoughts
- feel isolated
- become irritable or aggressive
- feel over-burdened
What can we do to help ourselves if we are feeling stressed
If you are feeling stressed, there are quite a few things you can do to help relieve your symptoms. Whilst stress is not a medical diagnosis, and there is no treatment for it, there are medications and other forms of treatment that can help you manage the symptoms.
Make an appointment with your GP
As with any other type of physical or mental health concerns you have, your first point of call should always be your GP. Make an appointment with your GP as soon as you are able to and discuss with them how you are feeling and what the signs and symptoms you are experiencing are.
As mentioned above, whilst there is no such treatment for stress itself, there are medications that can help relieve the symptoms.
One of the most effective ways of dealing with stress is relaxation. Take time out for yourself and remember it is ok not to be ok, take the time to relax, you deserve it.
A lot of people dealing with stress find taking part in physical activity helps them keep their stress levels down. This could be a gentle stroll around your local park, jogging, weight lifting or even boxing.
If you are interested in taking part in regular walks you could join our monthly walking group.
Or if you are more of a jogging type person there is also our FREE Jolly Joggers
couch to 5k beginners jogging group.
Another great healer of the body and mind is being outside in nature and taking in all of the wonders it has to offer.
If being outdoors and being amongst nature is of interest to you we also have a small gardening project
at Wollescote Walled Gardens which runs every Monday and Wednesday morning.
Talk to someone
If you feel like you are in need of immediate help and you just need someone to talk there are several helplines you can call.
Rethink’s Dudley Emotional Support Helpline
Rethink Mental Health runs a free helpline offering emotional support to those in need.
Call 0808 802 2288 Monday - Friday : 6.00pm -1.00am Saturday - Sunday :2.00pm – 1.00am
Sane also run an emotional support line open daily to everyone between 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000.
Mind also run an info line offering advice and support to those who need it.
Call 0300 3393 123 or TXT 86463
If you are a veteran of the armed forces Combat Stress also has a 24/7 helpline.
Call 0800 138 1619 TXT 07537 404719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully, this article has been helpful to you and if you are experiencing stress, some of the ways to deal with it above prove useful to you. As always, we are also here to help.
You can get in touch with us by using the contact form at the bottom of this page or by calling our office on 01384 442938.