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Stress is a feeling we will undoubtedly encounter at different stages throughout our lives and it is a completely natural reaction to things we care about. From travelling to work, delivering public speeches or getting the kids ready for school in the morning, different situations can cause different levels of stress for a variety of different reasons but it’s when these feelings become all-encompassing that they particularly require further attention.

By being able to spot the situations where your stress levels are rising, you’ll be able to work out what triggers your stress in the first place. Managing your stress will have a positive impact on your health, personal and professional life. A rising number of individuals are losing working days each year due to mental health issues and according to a 2018 study “74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope”. 

What could be a trigger of stress? 

When your body is experiencing stressful situations, it has ways of letting you know. Being aware of these tell-tale signs is essential to helping you spot your stress triggers. Becoming in tune with your body is one way to help you spot signs early. Yoga and Meditation are popular practices to help you feel in sync with your body and reduce feelings of stress. Taking the time out of your day to help your body become calmer and more in tune helps you to recognise when you do not feel this way and need to exit the situation.

Symptoms of Stress 

Common symptoms of stress include a lack of motivation, difficulty staying focussed, headaches, chest pain or suffering from fatigue; if you are experiencing any of these take a minute to think what may be causing it. Alleviate these symptoms by taking part in relaxation exercises, having more sleep, keeping a stress diary, going for a run or talking to someone about your problems. Everyone is different so try out a variety of techniques to find out what keeps you in flow.

The impact of stress

If you are experiencing stress over a longer period, it can lead to further mental health issues such as depression and anxiety or even physical conditions such as high blood pressure and heart problems. This can have a serious effect on your work performance and personal life. If you are worried about the impact it is having on your physical health consult a medical professional.

Stress can cause sleeping problems, making it even more difficult to concentrate at work and hindering your productivity levels. If you are experiencing trouble sleeping, take time to think about what could be the cause behind this or seek advice from a professional. Try putting in place activities to help you sleep better such as taking part in physical activity to tire your body out or using mindfulness apps with sleep soundtracks. It is all individual preference so take time to work out what’s best for you.

Tips to Manage your Stress

There are some situations that are unavoidable and will undoubtedly cause stress such as financial difficulties or work deadlines. Whilst you may not be able to avoid stress, you can still minimise it’s impact and stop it from taking over. Taking control of the environment where you can for example if watching the news makes you anxious, put another TV show on, or turn the air-conditioning on if you are prone to overheating. Learning how to say no is another way of managing your stress levels; knowing your limits and staying within them protects your mental health and proves to others you know where your skills lie.

If you know what triggers your stress and you find yourself in a stressful situation, you will be equipped with the tools needed to reduce its impact on your life and performance. Always make sure you are not too hard on yourself and spend lots of time doing the things you love.

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