Talking about stress
We have been talking about stress here. Everyone feels stressed from time to time, perhaps more so now than ever before. We all feel stress differently and it affects our moods differently . Sharing our experiences and ideas often helps others.
Here is what you have told us
How stress affects our bodies
Arms vibrate, muscle spasms
Tense shoulder muscles
Strange sensations in crown of head
How stress affects our moods
Feel fed up
Feel like life is too much
How does it affect our lives?
Not looking after health
Not eating well
Can't decide or make decisions
Keep things inside
Keep hold of the past
Here are some of some of the things we do to try and deal with or manage our stress
Quiet time- reading , a long bath
Positive thoughts, it’s hard.
Talking about it
Not isolating yourself
Looking after yourself: eating well, looking after our appearance,
Read a book
Have a massage
Other things we know work
Relaxation: Meditation, breathing exercises
Eating well: eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, reduce caffeine, avoid overeating
Avoid processed foods
Get enough rest
Set goals; Set small achievable goals, celebrate accomplishments
Communicate: express your feelings, don’t bottle them up. Keep a diary . Talk to friends and family, a doctor attend a support group.
Meet challenges head on
We know different things work for different people so would be good to hear what you do to combat stress.
The NHS has some great Tips to help you deal with stress. Find them here
The BBC has some great resources too find them here