We all need some stress in our lives to get us up in the morning and as we all react and cope in different ways it’s difficult to gauge the causes…but our bodies weren’t made to live in a state of continual fight or flight…it can make us ill affecting health and happiness.
- So what stresses you? Family, work, money, plate spinning…
- What are your symptoms? Headaches, panic, IBS, disturbed sleep, anxiety, mood swings
- How do you cope? Over eat, drink too much, stop eating, shout a lot…
Stress is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as the ‘adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other demands placed upon them’. These pressures can be associated with work, family, finances, relationships and/or anything else that impacts on our lives making us feel ‘out of control’.
According to the HSE, stress is difficult to measure, because we all react differently, but stress has consistently been one of the most commonly reported types of work-related illness cited in the national Labour Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Symptoms of stress may include the following:
- Continually feeling tired
- Inability to sleep
- Over eating
- Skipping meals
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Becoming easily agitated, frustrated and moody
- Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
- Low self-esteem
- Low energy levels
- Headaches and aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Upset stomach, including diarrhoea, constipation and nausea (IBS)
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
- Constant worrying
- Racing thoughts
- Forgetfulness and disorganisation
Tips on dealing with stress:
- Make a list of the issues that you can change: some problems are just there and you have no influence over them whatsoever and some things may never happen so why worry until they do!
- Remember the Serenity Prayer by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (now adopted by AA)
- Breathe deeply, exhaling negative thoughts
- Talk – just get it out there, if necessary seek professional help
- Eat fresh fruit and vegetables and eat sensibly
- Write down your thoughts and also note when things are affecting your body so that you become aware of the changes and can alter the outcomes
- Get exercising!
…And use hypnotherapyto help you make that change