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Stress and anxiety are a part of life. How you deal with them can make a massive difference to tackling life’s challenges and making the most of every day.

Stress and anxiety

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59% of British adults

Suffer with stress

Over half of British adults say life is more stressful now than it was five years ago.
Money (26%) and work-related issues (28%) were given as the main causes of stress.*


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*Source: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

1 in 5 people

Suffer with anxiety

In the UK, one in 5 people say they feel anxious a lot or all of the time.
Women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders as men.*


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*Source: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com

What is stress?

Feeling stressed

The stress response is essential for our wellbeing. It’s our body’s way of preparing to fight or flee danger, passed down from our distant ancestors.

But now, instead of being chased by a woolly mammoth, our ‘threat’ is something like a work deadline. And stress is a physical and emotional reaction to feeling unable to cope with it.


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Some signs of stress

We all react to stress in different ways. You may have become so accustomed to feeling a certain way that you don’t even realise it’s linked to being stressed.

Some symptoms include:


  • Tiredness or difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Stomach upset
  • Exhaustion
  • Frequent minor illnesses
  • Feeling tense
  • Increase in smoking or alcohol consumption
  • Emotional changes or outbursts
  • Poor performance and concentration

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Coping with stress

Coping with stress starts with understanding your triggers, the parts of your life that cause you to feel the symptoms of stress.

Money-related stress

Money keeps many of us awake at night. When bills mount up, it’s tempting to try and ignore the problem. But that may only make things worse.

Prioritising your bills will make you feel more in control. Plan a realistic budget. If you’re having problem paying bills, talk to the companies concerned. You might be surprised to discover how they can help you out. And the Citizen’s Advice Bureau have people trained to help.

Work-related stress

Every job has pressures and responsibilities that can lead to feelings of stress, or finding it hard to cope and do your job well.

Start by taking the time to think about which aspects of your job seem to be the most stressful. For example, if you find time management challenging, try to write down your day’s tasks and do a difficult one first. You may feel a lot better about the rest of them.

Family stress

Some family stress is almost inevitable. The best advice is not to bottle things up. The brief stress of resolving a problem is much better than the lasting stress of a dispute that goes on and on beneath the surface.

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What is anxiety?

Feeling anxious

When you have general feelings of apprehension and worry without a particular trigger or cause – or once the original source of stress has passed or disappeared - that’s probably anxiety. Although it can sometimes be easy to confuse the symptoms with the hectic pace of modern life, long term anxiety can have a big effect on your life and can result in a feeling of being uncertain and ‘out of balance’.


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Some signs of anxiety

Symptoms can be both psychological and physical, and may encompass one or a number of symptoms.

Some symptoms include:


Psychological

  • Feelings of dread
  • Apprehension
  • Fear of losing control
  • Spinning thoughts
  • Poor concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability and agitation

Physical

  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of ‘butterflies’ in the stomach
  • Increase in heart rate or heart palpitations
  • Increase perspiration/sweaty palms
  • Feelings of nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shaking
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
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Coping with anxiety

It’s difficult to make anxiety just ‘go away’, but there are lots of things you can do to cope with it, feel better and get on with life.

Adjust your diet and lifestyle

Avoid caffeine, which can raise your heart rate and make you feel more anxious. Smoking and alcohol have also been shown to make anxiety worse.

Find support

Anxiety UK is a registered charity that can provide support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or you suspect you may have, an anxiety condition. http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk. Mind, the mental health charity, provides advice and support to help empower anyone experiencing mental health problems, including anxiety. http://www.mind.org.uk

Stay active

Physical exercise can certainly help to reduce tension, stress and mental fatigue. You don’t need to join a gym or sports team; simply walking instead of taking the bus, or taking the stairs instead of the lift, can make a difference.

Activities like yoga and pilates can help you stay both calmer and more energised, and keep your mind focused.

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and tips

*These tips are for feelings of mild anxiety. For severe anxiety symptoms or those lasting over two weeks, talk to your GP for further guidance.

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