We can all feel stressed from time to time, and this just means things in our life are starting to build up and get on top of us. Stress is not a diagnosis, but can over time lead to problems like anxiety and depression, so it is important to recognise and learn to manage the signs of stress as early as possible.
Common causes of stress:
- Employment, unemployment or education (see employment support or Managing Workplace Stress Workshop)
- Relationship difficulties
- Life changes such as moving house, getting married, divorced or having a baby
- Illness yourself or someone close to you
- Money or housing worries
- Family or social concerns such as noisy neighbours
Common signs of stress:
- Muscle tension leading to aches and pains
- Tiredness and loss of motivation
- Poor concentration
- Bowel changes
- Feeling sick and dizzy
- Palpitations and fast heart rate
- Breathing changes and chest pains
- Changes in sleep and appetite
- Changes in sex drive
- Increased unhelpful behaviour like drinking and smoking
- Loss of interest
- Being snappy or irritable
This is just a small selection- and stress impacts us all differently. Most importantly it is key to get help as soon as you recognise your early warning signs, even if you aren’t sure, we can help you figure out what is going on and can offer some longer term but also quick fix interventions.
We offer many treatment types for stress, for example you can refer and book straight onto our Positive Steps Stress Management Course which is a 6 week course to help you learn to recognize and manage the symptoms of stress or alternatively help yourself at home by trying our online therapy package.
Alternatively you can refer yourself for an assessment and to discuss our full range of options