Stress: An overview
According to a survey by the Stress Management Society, 65% of the people they surveyed said they felt more stressed since the COVID restrictions began a year ago. And even though those restrictions are starting to ease, worry about mixing with others or returning to the office will undoubtedly be raising the stress levels in some of us.
Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. The key to reducing stress is thinking about and identifying what is causing you stress, then taking positive stress to address those causes.
We all experience and react to stress in different ways. Here are some examples of how stress can affect how we:
- Memory problems
- Poor judgment
- Lack of concentration
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds
- Skin complaints
- High blood pressure
- Drinking more alcohol, smoking more
- Isolating from others
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Loss of sense of humour
Adopt a positive mindset
When we focus on negatives, rather than concentrating on the positives, we heighten the stress by adopting a negative mindset. So, if we can change the way that we perceive things, we can often lessen our stress levels. Read more about how to develop a positive attitude and eliminate negative thinking.
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Get a good nights sleep
Practice deep breathing
If you’re feeling your stress levels rising, listen to this three-minute breathing space from the Mental Health Foundation. It’s a simple way to calm your mind and body down.
You can also work through a five-minute exercise with Kerry from our team, using your breath and your focus to connect with your senses.
Reduce your own stress (NHS)
Employee stress: Tips for Line Managers (Westfield Health)
Square Breathing for Calmness (Westfield Health)
Managing stress: Top tips for coping under pressure (Westfield Health)