What is stress?
Stress affects everybody differently and we all feel it from time to time. Maybe you have too much on your mind or are dealing with a situation you have no control over, such as bereavement, illness or relationship problems. If you feel a lack of concentration, constant worrying, or are unable to sleep you may be suffering from stress.
Stress can occur when you are under too much pressure, it can affect the way you think, the way you feel and how you act towards family and friends. Although it is not a medical condition it can lead to anxiety attacks and panic attacks.
How to deal with stress
The first stage of dealing with stress is to recognise what triggers it. Think back to the last time you felt uneasy and stressed. What were you doing? Where were you? Who were you with? What were you thinking or talking about?
A diary is a very useful way to diagnose stress, you can keep notes and pin point the exact cause.
A listening ear
Spending time with family, friends and colleagues who provide you with support is a vital factor when dealing with stress. Keeping thoughts and worries to yourself can cause stress to build up. Confiding in a friend can help you to relax and gain control of the situation.
An active lifestyle
Being active can give you a much more positive outlook on life, it gives you a strong mentality meaning you can deal with stress much more calmly. Physical activity gives you control, this is crucial when dealing with stress. Control gives you the power to carry on and take action against stress.
Everybody has different ways of relaxing, for some its exercise, a book, music or even socialising. Whatever it is you do to relax try setting a few hours week aside for yourself.
Setting yourself realistic goals is important; time management allows you to differentiate between the most and least important jobs you have on, minimising the pressure to get things completed.