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Let’s Talk About Stress

Our Wellbeing Consultant, Naomi Greene explains more about what stress is, what you can do about it and how you can reduce the stress levels in your life.


What is stress?

I am sure we can all think about times when we have been stressed. This may be due to many different reasons, some of which you may deem to be of higher stress importance than others such as work based stresses, relationships or childcare. Lower stress causes may be perceived as watching your favourite football team get beaten, not knowing what to wear to an event or even the stress of trying to open a share bag of popcorn without making too much noise in the cinema. Whatever the stress is, the body deals with it in fairly the same way. This is something we may not always consider when we are stressed.

Stress is essentially the body’s response to feeling under threat. The body actually releases hormones when we are anxious due to stress which is the body’s automatic way of dealing with stress known as “fight or flight”. This may sound a bit dramatic for something such as the stress of noticing you have not put the bin out and you can hear the truck about to collect it at the bottom of your street, or constantly battling looming deadlines, but the body does not differentiate.

Constantly fighting stresses your body deems to be severe, means you are likely to be battling high levels of these hormones regularly, meaning that you are likely to show this in a physical form at some point. This physical form may be tiredness, headaches, stomach pains or other symptoms leading to you being physically unwell. Now consider how this could hinder your every day.

Is all stress all bad?

We need stress in our everyday life, and small amounts are perfectly normal. It can help us to be decisive and take necessary actions when needed. However, long-term stresses can lead to detrimental mental health, possibly leading to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

So, what can you do about stress?

Firstly, it is important to understand that stress is natural, after all it helps us to navigate through our every day. However, to prevent stress becoming detrimental to your health it is important to know how you can look to reduce it.

Here are some examples for reducing stress in your life:

  • Make time for yourself

Self care is important make sure you are not neglecting yourself physically and mentally. Having some “me time” is some much-needed TLC we could all benefit from doing more of.

  • Getting Outdoors

Being out in nature has been proven to improve your wellbeing by reducing stress and anxiety. It also keeps you active which also has positive effects on stress.

  • Focus on what is in your control

This is a big one, but we tend to stress about things out of our control. If we can make peace with this and focus on the things we can control we will reduce stress and improve our general outlook and output.

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones” – Confucius

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