NB: Nhs.co.uk Every Mind Matters
Stress is something everyone feels at times, and there are all kinds of stressful situations that can be a part of daily life. Low-level stress can even be helpful or motivational.There are plenty of things you can do to help cope with stressful events, and simple steps you can take to deal with feelings of stress or burnout.
We also have specific tips and expert advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing if you are feeling stressed or anxious about coronavirus (COVID-19).
What is stress?
Stress is the body's reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It's very common, can be motivating to help us achieve things in our daily life, and can help us meet the demands of home, work and family life.But too much stress can affect our mood, our body and our relationships – especially when it feels out of our control. It can make us feel anxious and irritable, and affect our self-esteem.
Experiencing a lot of stress over a long period of time can also lead to a feeling of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, often called burnout.
Top tips to deal with stress and burnout
Split up big tasks
If a task seems overwhelming and difficult to start, try breaking it down into easier chunks, and give yourself credit for completing them.
Allow yourself some positivity
Take time to think about the good things in your life. Each day, consider what went well and try to list 3 things you're thankful for.
Challenge unhelpful thoughts
The way we think affects the way we feel. Watch our video to learn how to challenge unhelpful thoughts.
Be more active
Being active can help you to burn off nervous energy. It will not make your stress disappear, but it can make it less intense.
Talk to someone
Trusted friends, family and colleagues, or contacting a helpline, can help us when we are struggling. Watch our video for more ideas.
Planning out any upcoming stressful days or events – a to-do list, the journey you need to do, things you need to take – can really help.
All the above information can be reached at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/stress/