Stress and Anxiety

Stress is a part of life. How we deal with it can make a massive difference to tackling life’s challenges and making the most of every day.

You’re not alone What is stress? What is anxiety? Handling stress How to reduce stress How Kalms could help

You're not alone

If you’re feeling stressed, you’re not the only one!

59% of British adults


About half of the population feel stressed every day. 59% of British adults say life is more stressful than it was five years ago. Money (26%) and work-related issues (28%) were given as the main cause of stress. Source

One in 25 people


Anxiety is also a common condition affecting around 1 in every 25 people in the UK. Slightly more women than men are affected and the condition is most common in people aged between 25 and 55. Source

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What is stress?

Feeling stressed

The stress response is essential for our well-being. It’s our body’s way of preparing to fight or flee danger. If our distant ancestors were suddenly chased by a woolly mammoth, adrenalin would be released to give us that extra ‘oomph’, our limbs would be primed to run, our breathing would speed up and our rational thinking and short term memory would be suppressed, so we could react quickly.

The problem is we still respond in exactly the same way now, even though the ‘threat’ is now something like a deadline at work or being late for an important appointment. Stress is a physical and emotional reaction to feeling unable to cope with those problems. Everyone is different, so situations that feel stressful for some might be exciting or a fun challenge to others.

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Look for the signs of stress

Everyone reacts to stress in a different way. You may have become so accustomed to feeling a certain way that you didn’t even realise it was linked to being too stressed.

Do any of these symptoms apply to you?

  • Tiredness or having difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches or stomach upsets
  • Feelings of constant exhaustion
  • Frequent minor illnesses like colds or sore throats
  • Feeling tense
  • Increase in smoking or use of alcohol
  • Difficulty making decisions, poor performance and concentration, forgetfulness
  • Dwelling on past situations and problems – being unable to ‘let go’
  • Blaming yourself, feeling inadequate
  • Inability to relax, always feeling that something needs to be done
  • Emotional changes such as crying fits, being quick to lose your temper, talking too fast, the inability to express your feelings


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What is anxiety?

Feeling anxious

Anxiety is caused by events and situations in life that make us feel worried or uncomfortable such as a job interview or hospital appointment.

It is normal to feel anxious and usually - once the situation has passed, those feelings will stop. For some however, these feelings last for a longer period of time which can feel overwhelming.

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Look for the signs of anxiety

  • Feeling tense, nervous and on edge
  • Having a sense of dread, or often fearing the worst
  • Feeling like the world is speeding up or slowing down
  • Feeling your mind is too busy with thoughts
  • Feeling restless and not being able to concentrate
  • Excessive sweating
  • Feeling sick
  • Having a headache
  • Muscle aches and tension/stomach ache
  • A noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Pins and needles
  • Dwelling on negative experiences, or thinking over a situation again and again


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Handling stressful situations

Financial stress

Money is an issue that can keep many of us awake at night. When bills keep coming through our letterbox a common reaction is to hide our heads in the sand. Don't! Once they are opened you can find out exactly what the situation is and plan to manage it.

Plot out your income and outgoings, that way you can clearly see what your actual, rather than perceived, situation is. Then you can make a realistic budget, if needs be.

Prioritising your bills will make you feel more in control. The important thing is to keep communicating. If you're having problems paying bills, call the companies that you owe money to. They need to know what the situation is, as they can often give you extra time and almost always have ways of helping you deal with the problem.

Don't forget to keep talking with your partner, or your friends, as it will remind you that you're not alone.

Work related stress

A common cause of stress in working life can be the feeling that there are not enough hours in the day. You can learn to better utilise your time by improving your time management skills. Make the most of the time that you have by writing every task alongside their due date. Next, write the deadlines into your diary so you have a clear list of what needs doing by when.

Keep your desk clear and manageable. Try four different folders marked 'urgent', 'pending', 'reading' and 'filing'. That way you can manage the sea of paperwork and know exactly where you are.

Family stress

Your family can be a source of strength, support and love. They can also be an enormous source of stress; whether it's demanding children or demanding parents. Perhaps the biggest driver of stress in these situations is guilt – you feel guilty that you're not a better partner, parent, son or daughter. You always feel that you should be doing more.

Get rid of the guilt! Make a mental note of all the things you actually do, and take pride in them. Recognise that your parents/partner/the children will always want more of your time and learn to say no. By saying no you are not rejecting them, you are making sure that the quality of time you do give is not ruined by feelings of stress and resentment.

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10 tips to help you cope with stress

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How Kalms can help

Kalms is a traditional herbal remedy to help relieve stress and anxiety

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