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Dealing With Stress

What Is Stress?

Stress is a normal part of life and is something that we all experience. Stress involves having to respond to some kind of pressure. Dealing with new challenges can often trigger stress but most people get better at managing stress as they go through life.

It is helpful to think about stress as healthy or unhealthy.

Healthy Stress

Stress in small doses can actually be helpful. It can keep us motivated and focused, it can prompt us to take action, such as gathering more information, reaching out for support and assistance, or prioritising how we use our time.

Unhealthy Stress

Stress can become unhealthy when it interferes with our quality of life. No one enjoys experiencing unhealthy levels of stress. People experiencing unhealthy stress often feel overwhelmed. Managing our stress levels starts with being able to identify how stress affects us.

Common signs of stress include:

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Physical signs

  • Feeling restless and agitated
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Muscle tension and headaches
  • Nausea
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Changes in appetite
  • Rashes or skin break-outs
  • Chest pains
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Cognitive And Emotional Signs

  • Increase in worry, anxiety or depression
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Irritability, being short-tempered
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling like you can't cope
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Behavioural Signs

  • Procrastination
  • Increase in alcohol or drug use
  • Less productive at home and work
  • Relationship strain

Triggers of Stress
A Skill To Help Manage Stress Now: Taking A Brain Break
Another Strategy To Help Manage Stress: Self-Care Planning
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