Stress is something everyone feels at times, and there are all kinds of stressful situations that can be a part of daily life. Low-level stress can even be helpful or motivational.
There are plenty of things you can do to help cope with stressful events, and simple steps you can take to deal with stress.
We also have specific tips and expert advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing if you are feeling stressed or anxious about coronavirus (COVID-19).
What is stress?
Stress is the body’s reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It’s very common and can be motivating to help us 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.
The tips on this page should help, but if you have been experiencing stress for some time and it’s affecting your daily life or causing you distress, you should consider seeking further support.
Top tips to deal with stress
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- Limit the amount of time you spend watching the news every day.
- Spend time talking about other things other than the coronavirus, news and the lockdown.
- Limit how much time you spend on social media, if it is your only contact with the outside world find groups that have the same interests as you, films, books, music etc. don’t just talk about the news and politics.
- Try to keep to a schedule, if you’re not working all the days can become the same. Try and make sure that you still have weekends, make plans to do certain things on Saturday and Sundays.
- Don’t become nocturnal! Set yourself a tie to go to bed and keep to it.
Take our quiz – Get Your Mind Plan
Answer 5 quick questions to get your free plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control. Click here to take the quiz
Watch the Video: What you can do for stress
“Taking control of the situation when you’re feeling stressed is really empowering.” by Professor Anna Whittaker, psychologist and professor of behavioural medicine. Click here
Signs of stress
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Possible causes of stress
- Stress affects people differently, and the things that cause stress vary from person to person.
- The level of stress you are comfortable with may be higher or lower than that of other people around you. Stressful feelings typically happen when we feel we do not have the resources to manage the challenges we face.
- Pressure at work, school or home, illness, or difficult or sudden life events can all lead to stress.
- Some possible causes of stress are:
- our individual genes, upbringing and experiences
- difficulties in our personal lives and relationships
- big or unexpected life changes, like moving house, having a baby or starting to care for someone
- money difficulties, like debt or struggling to afford daily essentials
- health issues, either for you or someone close to you
- pregnancy and children
- problems with housing, like the conditions, maintenance or tenancy
- feeling lonely and unsupported
More possible causes click here
Support for Stress
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