stress is(n't) invisible
hiding in plain sight
get your pizzazz back
how to identify, and deal with stress.
many people live with stress for years, doctors and healthcare professionals have tried for decades to tell us what stress can do to our bodies. Truth is, no one really knows how severe the consequences of not dealing with and managing stress can really be.
sad thing is, most people don't even know how to spot the symptoms of stress - and after a while their grey, depressive existence just starts to feel numb and normal.
don't be this person. here's our easy guide to help you identify if you are stressed.
What is stress?
Stress is the body's reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It's very common, 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.
Experiencing a lot of stress over a long period of time can also lead to a feeling of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, often called burnout. This is where things can get really dangerous for your long term health.
sounds familiar right?
Signs of stress or burnout
here's the signs you might be able to identify from your day to day life:
- feel overwhelmed
- have racing thoughts or difficulty concentrating
- be irritable
- feel constantly worried, anxious or scared
- feel a lack of self-confidence
- have trouble sleeping or feel tired all the time
- avoid things or people you are having problems with
- be eating more or less than usual
- drink or smoke more than usual
Our top 6 life hacks for managing stress!
Split up big tasks - If a task seems overwhelming and difficult to start, try breaking it down into easier chunks, and give yourself credit for completing them
Challenge your thoughts - The way we think affects the way we feel. Watch our video to learn how to challenge unhelpful thoughts.
Talk to someone - Trusted friends, family and colleagues, or contacting a helpline, can help us when we are struggling. Watch our video for more ideas.
Allow yourself some positivity - Take time to think about the good things in your life. Each day, consider what went well and try to list 3 things you're thankful for.
Be more active - Being active can help you to burn off nervous energy. It will not make your stress disappear, but it can make it less intense.
Plan ahead - Planning out any upcoming stressful days or events – a to-do list, the journey you need to do, things you need to take – can really help.