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Stress Management

Don’t let stress rule your life

Are you making the right choices? Do you know how to reduce stress? Is the way you think making everything worse? Are you doing to much?. What constant high levels of stress do to your life. Stress destroys relationships Stress can lead to major mental health problems Stress can lead to people developing addictions Stress can affect your physical health If you can manage your stress more effectively you could be saving your life, constant high levels of stress lead can to an early death. Long-term stress has an impact on everything from your di- gestive system your immune system and blood pressure and many other physical aspects.

WHAT IS STRESS?

Everyone has some stress in their lives,  it is not always bad, it can help keep us focused in the short term and also help mo- tivate us in some areas such as sport and work orientated goals. Short term stress is not the main problem as we tend to cope well if the pressure is balanced with times of low stress or off set with quality rest and relaxation. Long term stress over extended periods of time can cause high levels of anxiety and lead to major health problems as well as put undue pressure on relationships at home and in work. We are all unique people in our own right and our ability to deal with this type of pressure will depend on other aspects of our personality and learned behaviour. Our confidence and self-esteem will have an effect on the ability we have to deal with situations and demands placed on us that are contributing to the ability we have to protect ourselves in circumstances where we have less control and feel helpless.

PHYSICAL STRESS

When we place physical stress on the body it also has an effect on our emotional side. Eating a well-balanced diet is all part of our physical needs that will help us cope in times of stress, another way to help is ex- ercising to keep fit, if you're feeling fit you tend to have a better outlook on life and have more reserves of energy when you need it.

Internal stress levels

it also helps our recovery times after any activity, people who smoke will place more stress the body, this is because pro- cessing the toxic chemicals in our system means that the body has to do more work. This raises the internal stress levels on average by about 10%, and this will have an effect on how we feel. Another problem with smoking is that stress increases the amount people need to smoke.

Alcohol and stress don’t mix well

Alcohol is enjoyed in moderation by many people without ill effects, but if you combine stress and anxiety with alcohol it can lead to a spiralling problem that can end in substance abuse, lots of people like a drink as it helps us socialise and relax but if we use it to combat stress we can find that with more stress we need more drink until the alcohol becomes the bigger problem. Smoking and drinking too much alcohol will have a impact on how you deal with stress and anxiety, by making healthy changes in your life you may help you and your body cope in times of stress.

Using food to cope with stress

Food can play an important role in how some people cope with stress, eating food can be very satisfying and enjoyable help- ing, this can be used as a distraction from difficult or sad feelings. If we use food to make us feel better for to long, it can lead to a self-destructive way of coping. this will if not corrected in time they can become overweight and develop physical issues like high blood pressure and diabetes.

Psychologically stressed

To much stress over time will impact on our ability to think and feel, our emotional welfare can become disjointed and un- focused making us neglect what is important for our emotional well-being. We can become isolated from partners family and friends, as the stress builds up anger and resentment over the smallest thing can make people withdraw emotionally rejecting their support network when they need it the most.

How we think affects how we feel

If we use our mind to focus on happy memories or thoughts we tend to feel happier if we think of sad thoughts we usually feel less happy this is generally true for most people. And if you are feeling sad you may discover it's hard to think of happy thoughts. So the thoughts and images we see and feel inside effect how we deal with the outside world. People with depression asked to think of a happy time in their life can find it almost impossible because when we feel sad the mind often looks at images and thoughts that match the mood.

Lack of concentration

Too much stress alters the way we process information, long periods of concentration become harder the more stressed we get until it’s all but impossible, you must have seen people in a panic running around and actually achieving very little, or it takes them twice as long due to the many mistakes and lack of attention to detail. In a work environment this leads to even more stress and anxiety and sometimes a lowering of self-esteem and confidence that leads to even more problems. To much mental stress over a long time can become a long term problem effecting your future prospects.

Symptoms of stress

Some signs of being over stressed include: Increased irritability. Eating less or eating more. constant short temper. constant fidgeting. Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep. Drinking and smoking more. Absent-mindedness . Constantly losing concentration. Pushes people away. Sexual problems.

Dealing with stress

If you find yourself stuck in traffic it feels stressful because you can’t make the traffic go any faster, you may not know how long you will be held up and there is nothing you can do to change it, no control leads to more stress. Being unable to deal with long term stress in a healthy way can lead to the pressure building to a point that leads to an emo- tional implosion or explosion, or what some people call a meltdown, this can turn into a major depressive episode, what used to be called a mental breakdown.

Are you self-sabotaging?

We can have a wide range of reactions to extremes of stress from violent out bursts to quietly drinking our life away, depres- sion and other mental and physical problems can manifest themselves in our life while under long term pressure making life even harder. What I call the plus effect can lead to exposing yourself to ever increasing levels of stress.

Can you say no to people?

Keep saying yes when you need to say no can add to the situation over time until it becomes impossible to cope. Our ability to change how we handle stress and anxiety are often flawed by our inability to understand how our own thoughts and perceptions self-sabotage the capability to deal with life in general. Yourself-defeating thoughts and negative internal feedback can change the way you deal with stressful events.

Low self-esteem can make stress worse

If you have low self-esteem the option to stand up for what you need becomes harder to do, so instead of saying no you find yourself saying yes, yes to working on when you really need to go home or yes to helping another person when you do not really have the time, saying yes when you need to say no will place you at more risk of long term debilitating levels of stress. Negative thinking is another way we place ourselves at more risk from stress, situations always seem worse and more stressful than it actual is, we can even create our own stress by constantly looking on the negative and ignoring the positive.

Online stress counselling

So how we think and feel about ourselves has a bearing on how we can protect ourselves from the effects of stressful situ- ations. This is where online therapy could possibly help the immediate problem or issue and also help you with future ex- periences and allow you to improve the quality of life in general. With stress counselling Learn how to manage the way you deal with stress not just for now but for your future life.

Exercise helps with stress

Vigorous exercise is a good way to keep your body fit, improving stamina and combating the stress chemicals in your sys- tem, this also helps you to feel good and increase your overall mental and physical well being. It will help you deal with high levels of stress, but there are limits, trying to just use exercise to try and control long term stress without making changes to your way of living and coping with stress can end badly.

Exercise has it limits

The more the stress impacts on you emotionally the more exercise you need to do to have the same affect, but you cannot continually exercise, everyone has limits and in the end to much exercising can physically harm you.
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Stress Management

Don’t let stress rule your life

Are you making the right choices? Do you know how to reduce stress? Is the way you think making everything worse? Are you doing to much?. What constant high levels of stress do to your life. Stress destroys relationships Stress can lead to major mental health problems Stress can lead to people developing addictions Stress can affect your physical health If you can manage your stress more effectively you could be saving your life, constant high levels of stress lead can to an early death. Long-term stress has an impact on everything from your digestive system your immune system and blood pressure and many other physical aspects.

WHAT IS STRESS?

Everyone has some stress in their lives,  it is not always bad, it can help keep us focused in the short term and also help motivate us in some areas such as sport and work orient- ated goals. Short term stress is not the main problem as we tend to cope well if the pressure is balanced with times of low stress or off set with quality rest and relaxation. Long term stress over extended periods of time can cause high levels of anxiety and lead to major health problems as well as put undue pressure on relationships at home and in work. We are all unique people in our own right and our ability to deal with this type of pressure will depend on other aspects of our personality and learned behaviour. Our confidence and self-esteem will have an effect on the ability we have to deal with situations and demands placed on us that are contributing to the ability we have to protect ourselves in circumstances where we have less control and feel helpless.

PHYSICAL STRESS

When we place physical stress on the body it also has an ef- fect on our emotional side. Eating a well-balanced diet is all part of our physical needs that will help us cope in times of stress, another way to help is exercising to keep fit, if you're feeling fit you tend to have a better outlook on life and have more reserves of energy when you need it.

Internal stress levels

it also helps our recovery times after any activity, people who smoke will place more stress the body, this is because processing the toxic chemicals in our system means that the body has to do more work. This raises the internal stress levels on average by about 10%, and this will have an effect on how we feel. Another problem with smoking is that stress increases the amount people need to smoke.

Alcohol and stress don’t mix well

Alcohol is enjoyed in moderation by many people without ill effects, but if you combine stress and anxiety with alcohol it can lead to a spiralling problem that can end in substance abuse, lots of people like a drink as it helps us socialise and relax but if we use it to combat stress we can find that with more stress we need more drink until the alcohol becomes the bigger problem. Smoking and drinking too much alcohol will have a impact on how you deal with stress and anxiety, by making healthy changes in your life you may help you and your body cope in times of stress.

Using food to cope with stress

Food can play an important role in how some people cope with stress, eating food can be very satisfying and enjoyable helping, this can be used as a distraction from difficult or sad feelings. If we use food to make us feel better for to long, it can lead to a self-destructive way of coping. this will if not corrected in time they can become overweight and develop physical is- sues like high blood pressure and diabetes.

Psychologically stressed

To much stress over time will impact on our ability to think and feel, our emotional welfare can become disjointed and unfocused making us neglect what is important for our emo- tional well-being. We can become isolated from partners family and friends, as the stress builds up anger and resentment over the smallest thing can make people withdraw emotionally rejecting their support network when they need it the most.

How we think affects how we feel

If we use our mind to focus on happy memories or thoughts we tend to feel happier if we think of sad thoughts we usu- ally feel less happy this is generally true for most people. And if you are feeling sad you may discover it's hard to think of happy thoughts. So the thoughts and images we see and feel inside effect how we deal with the outside world. People with depression asked to think of a happy time in their life can find it almost impossible because when we feel sad the mind often looks at images and thoughts that match the mood.

Lack of concentration

Too much stress alters the way we process information, long periods of concentration become harder the more stressed we get until it’s all but impossible, you must have seen people in a panic running around and actually achieving very little, or it takes them twice as long due to the many mis- takes and lack of attention to detail. In a work environment this leads to even more stress and anxiety and sometimes a lowering of self-esteem and confid- ence that leads to even more problems. To much mental stress over a long time can become a long term problem effecting your future prospects.

Symptoms of stress

Some signs of being over stressed include: Increased irritability. Eating less or eating more. constant short temper. constant fidgeting. Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep. Drinking and smoking more. Absent-mindedness . Constantly losing concentration. Pushes people away. Sexual problems.

Dealing with stress

If you find yourself stuck in traffic it feels stressful because you can’t make the traffic go any faster, you may not know how long you will be held up and there is nothing you can do to change it, no control leads to more stress. Being unable to deal with long term stress in a healthy way can lead to the pressure building to a point that leads to an emotional implosion or explosion, or what some people call a meltdown, this can turn into a major depressive episode, what used to be called a mental breakdown.

Are you self-sabotaging?

We can have a wide range of reactions to extremes of stress from violent out bursts to quietly drinking our life away, de- pression and other mental and physical problems can mani- fest themselves in our life while under long term pressure making life even harder. What I call the plus effect can lead to exposing yourself to ever increasing levels of stress.

Can you say no to people?

Keep saying yes when you need to say no can add to the situation over time until it becomes impossible to cope. Our ability to change how we handle stress and anxiety are often flawed by our inability to understand how our own thoughts and perceptions self-sabotage the capability to deal with life in general. Yourself-defeating thoughts and negative internal feedback can change the way you deal with stressful events.

Low self-esteem can make stress worse

If you have low self-esteem the option to stand up for what you need becomes harder to do, so instead of saying no you find yourself saying yes, yes to working on when you really need to go home or yes to helping another person when you do not really have the time, saying yes when you need to say no will place you at more risk of long term debilitating levels of stress. Negative thinking is another way we place ourselves at more risk from stress, situations always seem worse and more stressful than it actual is, we can even create our own stress by constantly looking on the negative and ignoring the positive.

Online stress counselling

So how we think and feel about ourselves has a bearing on how we can protect ourselves from the effects of stressful situations. This is where online therapy could possibly help the immediate problem or issue and also help you with fu- ture experiences and allow you to improve the quality of life in general. With stress counselling Learn how to manage the way you deal with stress not just for now but for your future life.

Exercise helps with stress

Vigorous exercise is a good way to keep your body fit, im- proving stamina and combating the stress chemicals in your system, this also helps you to feel good and increase your overall mental and physical well being. It will help you deal with high levels of stress, but there are limits, trying to just use exercise to try and control long term stress without making changes to your way of living and cop- ing with stress can end badly.

Exercise has it limits

The more the stress impacts on you emotionally the more exercise you need to do to have the same affect, but you cannot continually exercise, everyone has limits and in the end to much exercising can physically harm you.
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