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Dealing with Stress

We all experience stress at some time or other. Life changes, such as moving home, getting married, starting a family, being made redundant, coping with bereavement, can all exacerbate matters, and relationship difficulties, financial worries and the pressures of the modern work place can all contribute.

Half a million people in the UK experience work related stress at a level that they believe is making them ill. A culture of long hours, achievement and competition as well as a desire to be ever more successful and move up the career ladder can all lead to an increase in stress to such a point where an individual’s health and mental well-being is negatively impacted.

Sleeping problems, such as insomnia, are a common sign of stress, as well as anxiety and depression, a general loss of interest in life, loss of libido, feeling burnt out, tired and irritable. Increased alcohol use or the use of stimulant and depressant drugs, loss of appetite, not eating or overeating, too may form part of the clinical picture.

Some stress is positive and may even spark us into action. The art of stress management is to recognise when stress is affecting us in a negative way, impacting our health and well-being. Talking through what is causing us stress to discover the root causes can empower us to find new ways of dealing with the situations that cause stress and to find a better balance in our lives that feels right for us.