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What is stress?

Most of us experience stress from time to time, usually when the demands of everyday life get too much. Money worries, relationship problems, work pressures and family demands are just some of things that can make us feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.

What are the symptoms?

Some of us cope better than others under stress but there are lots of techniques you can use to combat the negative effects of too much stress. The most important thing is to recognise how stress affects you personally and then find the best way to manage it.

There are many different symptoms that you might experience if you’re stressed but it’s important to remember that stress affects people in different ways.

Emotional symptoms include:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Imagining the worst
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem and low mood

Physical symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Muscular tension
  • Stomach problems
  • Dizziness
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Breathlessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Sexual problems

Behavioural symptoms include:

  • Being short tempered
  • Drinking or smoking to excess
  • Talking more and faster
  • Changed eating habits
  • Feeling unsociable
  • Being forgetful or clumsy
  • Being unreasonable
  • Inability to concentrate

How we can help treat stress

There are lots of things you can do to beat stress such as exercise, relaxation and moderating how much work you take on. If you’re still struggling, at Thinkaction we offer two effective treatments.

Counselling provides a confidential and supportive environment where someone will listen to you talk about how you are feeling. Your counsellor will help you to reflect on what may be contributing to feelings of stress and consider ways you might start to minimise this.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you to identify how thoughts and behaviour impact on your mood. Your Thinkaction mental health practitioner will help you to develop more balanced thinking patterns and change unhelpful behaviour patterns that may cause or prolong symptoms of stress This process is always carried out in a gradual, step-by-step way so you feel comfortable and in control.

When life gets too much we can help get you through

Call us on 0300 012 0012.
Ask your GP to refer you.
Text TALK to 82085.

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