Facts about Stress
“Stress can’t be avoided”
FACT! Stress can come from any aspect of your life. It could be from being under a lot of pressure (at home or at work), feeling out of control, having responsibilities that leave you feeling overwhelmed or during times of uncertainty. Stress can make us feel anxious, irritable and really affect our self-esteem, so it’s important to find your triggers and explore ways to manage this feeling.
Incorporating exercise into your day – even going for a walk round the block in the fresh air can help! Take time out for yourself to do something you enjoy or do nothing at all! Try to get a good night’s sleep, and ensure you eat well, avoiding stimulants like alcohol and coffee.
“Stress causes medical problems”
FACT! There are many ways stress can display itself physically, this could include: stomach or digestive problems, headaches that can cause nosebleeds and chest pain. The knock-on effects of stress could also cause panic attacks, problems getting to sleep and muscle tension.
If you are continuously feeling stressed, and don’t put anything in place to help you manage the strain, stress could contribute to serious medical problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and mental disorders like depression or anxiety.
Everyone experiences stress differently, so at times it can be hard to tell if we are feeling stressed, or it could take some time to understand what is causing this feeling.
Ensure you take time for yourself to do something you enjoy that relaxes you – even going out for some fresh air for a few minutes can ease your feelings of stress. If you are finding these feelings are on-going reach out to your GP who can support and advise you on ways to manage your stress.
“Stress can motivate you”
FACT! Heightened stress can leave you feeling really overwhelmed, which leads to a decrease in your motivation. However medium levels of stress, also known as eustress, or positive stress can kick-start our motivation.
Stress gives you an increased sense of urgency, and can push you out of your comfort zone, towards reaching your fullest protentional. This can also teach you the best way to manage and overcome stressful situations in life, which will help you in the future when you experience unexpected stress.