How Common Is It?
Stress is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK. In small amounts, stress can be tolerated. However, prolonged or intense stress levels can impact on our relationships, work performance, and lead to panic attacks and/or depression. The stresses we face in our everyday lives such as deadlines at work or money troubles release stress hormones, and this natural reaction can damage your health and reduce your ability to cope.
Overall, if you’re under long-term stress you’re at greater risk of developing disease or dying prematurely.
What is Stress Management Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy can be instrumental in tackling the root cause of stress and working on ways of managing it. Stress Counselling treatment is designed to help you explore the causes of stress, including those created by work, family, and past experiences. It may be important to understand what you are doing to maintain high stress levels – for example some behaviours serve to exacerbate stress. You will be helped to develop stress-reduction techniques and to promote psychologically healthier patterns of living.
Symptoms of Stress
Everyone reacts to stress differently. However, there are some common symptoms to look out for. People who are chronically stressed may have:
- periods of irritability or anger
- apathy or depression
- constant anxiety
- irrational behaviour, mood swings and be oversensitive
- loss of appetite
- a tendency to comfort eat
- an inability to concentrate or make decisions
- an increased likelihood of smoking, drinking, or taking recreational drugs
- excessive tiredness
- sleep problems
- frequents colds and infections
- high blood pressure
- skin problems, such as eczema
- aches and pains from tense muscles, including neck ache, backache and tension headaches
- increased pain from arthritis and other conditions
- feeling sick and dizzy
- stomach problems including constipation, diarrhoea or ulcers
- for women, missed periods