Stress causes physical changes in your body designed to help you take on difficulties.
But if you’re always stressed, your body stays on ‘high alert’ and you may develop stress-related symptoms.
If you feel undue pressure, you may find that you:
Everyone reacts to pressure in different ways depending on their personality and individual coping strategies. For some, the pressure can become more than they feel they can cope with.
Common psychological symptoms include:
You might also have emotional symptoms, such as:
You may also get physical symptoms. These may include:
Your behaviour might also change and may include:
If you have any of these symptoms and signs, see your GP for advice.
The NHS mood self-assessment tool takes only a few minutes and you get an instant result with links to other pages suggesting ways to improve your mental well-being in 5 areas:
Breathing Exercises for Stress is a calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic. It takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere.
Free Mindfulness has free resources to learn mindfulness meditations.
Sometimes all the self-help in the world just doesn’t seem to make enough of a difference.
At NIHP Durham you have access to a number of treatments and qualified counsellors/therapists who can provide you with the relevant help and support to get you back on the right track.