9 Apr 2019
We all get stressed. Stress isn’t always a bad thing and is a very normal part of life. During National Stress Awareness Month we are offering some tips on reducing stress.
Stress is a physical response to change, a threat, or danger - it is a survival strategy. The part of the brain that controls our emotions is triggered and the brain shuts down any unnecessary functions, triggering what we know as the ‘flight or fight’ response.
When we are constantly being triggered without relief or relaxation, we can become overworked and the distress we are experiencing can lead to physical health problems which include:
Stress can also affect our behaviour, making us easily agitated, frustrated and moody, easily overwhelmed, out of control, lonely, worthless and depressed.
What triggers your stress response? Through identifying what is causing you stress and pressure in your life you can prepare yourself for these problems and situations.
Stress and pressure can arise from a heavy workload, busy lifestyle and having lots of things to juggle at once. Getting organised can restore your sense of control and reduce stress.
If you feel you are struggling to cope due to feelings of stress think about taking up talking therapies, CBT, mindfulness, gardening, exercise, leisure activities, art therapy or laughter therapy.
The first step for accessing services or advice is to contact your GP. You can also contact us for advice and signposting by calling 020 7561 5291 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Stress Project, Islington
2 Shelburne Road
0207 700 3938
Samaritans: Call 116 123
CALM (for men): Call 0800 58 58 58
SANEline: Call 0300 304 700