Reduce Stress?

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1. What is Stress?

2. Signs of too much stress, or burnout

3. How to reduce too much stress & burnout


1. What is Stress?

As the UK NHS says, “Stress is the body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It’s very common, can stir us to help achieve things in our daily life, and can help us meet the demands of home, work and family life.

But too much stress can affect our mood, our body and our relationships – especially when it feels out of our control. It can make us feel anxious and irritable, and affect our self-esteem”.

Experiencing a lot of stress over a long period of time can also lead to a feeling of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, often called ‘burnout’. So we need to reduce stress!

2. Signs of too much stress, or burnout

Pexels Photo 3771115 If you are stressed again and again, you may:

  • have racing thoughts or difficulty concentrating
  • be irritable
  • feel constantly worried, anxious or scared
  • feel a lack of self-confidence
  • have trouble sleeping or feel tired all the time
  • avoid things or people you are having problems with
  • be eating more or less than usual
  • be drinking or smoking more than usual
  • people living with high levels of debt, or financial insecurity are more likely to experience stress related to money
  • people from minority ethnic groups may feel more stressed by the reactions of others.

3. How to reduce stress & burnout

The UK NHS tips on dealing with stress and burnout should help you, but if you have been experiencing stress for some time and it’s affecting your daily life or causing you distress, you should seek further support.

So you can call NHS 111 or talk to your GP. In the UK you can refer yourself for ‘Talking Therapy’ through the NHS IAPT service without seeing your GP.

Regular exercise helps you reduce stress and improve mental health.

And here are 12 extra ways to reduce stress and cut blood pressure, without drugs.

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