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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Managing Stress

Managing stress in daily life

Stress is not an illness itself, but it can cause serious illness if it isn't addressed. It's important to recognise the symptoms of stress early. Recognising the signs and symptoms of stress will help you figure out ways of coping and save you from adopting unhealthy coping methods, such as drinking or smoking.
There is little you can do to prevent stress, but there are many things you can do to manage stress more effectively, such as learning how to relax, taking regular exercise and adopting good time-management techniques.
Studies have found that mindfulness courses, where participants are taught simple meditations across a series of weeks, can also help to reduce stress and improve mood.
When to see your GP about your stress levels
If you've tried self-help techniques and they aren't working, you should go to see your GP. They may suggest other coping techniques for you to try or recommend some form of counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy.
If your stress is causing serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, you may need to take medication or further tests.
Mental health issues, including stress, anxiety and depression, are the reason for one-in-five visits to a GP.

Recognising your stress triggers

If you're not sure what's causing your stress, keep a diary and make a note of stressful episodes for two-to-four weeks. Then review it to spot the triggers.
Things you might want to write down include:
  • the date, time and place of a stressful episode
  • what you were doing 
  • who you were with
  • how you felt emotionally 
  • what you were thinking 
  • what you started doing 
  • how you felt physically 
  • a stress rating (0-10 where 10 is the most stressed you could ever feel)
You can use the diary to:
  • work out what triggers your stress 
  • work out how you operate under pressure 
  • develop better coping mechanisms
Doctors sometimes recommend keeping a stress diary to help them diagnose stress.



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Source:nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/understanding-stress.aspx

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