Mental Health Awareness Week 14-20 May 2018 focuses on Stress
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year's Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.
How can I identify the signs of stress?
Everyone experiences stress. However, when it is affecting your life, health and wellbeing, it is important to tackle it as soon as possible, and while stress affects everyone differently, there are common signs and symptoms you can look out for:
- feelings of constant worry or anxiety
- feelings of being overwhelmed
- difficulty concentrating
- mood swings or changes in your mood
- irritability or having a short temper
- difficulty relaxing
- low self-esteem
- eating more or less than usual
- changes in your sleeping habits
- aches and pains, particularly muscle tension
- diarrhoea and constipation
- feelings of nausea or dizziness.
Tips from the Mental Health Foundation to help protect yourself from stress:
- Eat healthily
- Take time out
- Be mindful
- Get some restful sleep
- Don’t be too hard on yourself