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Managing Stress and Anxiety

This help guide has tips and advice on how to manage stress and anxiety 'better'. So, relax - and browse through a comprehensive list of steps for managing stress and anxiety.

WHAT EXACTLY IS STRESS? In simple terms, it is a state of mental, or sometimes emotional, strain or tension.

In most cases, stress and anxiety result from adverse (or very demanding) circumstances.

Stress is most often a physical response or reaction to a stressor. When you feel stressed, your body feels that it is under attack. Thus, it switches to its natural 'fight or flight' mode.

Of course, there is also a scientific explanation of what happens when you get overstressed.

When you are stressing out the body releases a complex combination of hormones and chemicals. These include adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. The hormonal response is the body's way of preparing for physical action.

Effects of Pressure and Stress

Most people will accept that experiencing some levels of stress in life - is 'normal'. But, being on the wrong end of a stress overdose can make you feel depressed or anxious. As a rule, too much stress is one of the most severe mental health issues that need addressing.

The unwanted feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure is bad for your general health and wellbeing. Worse still, it can lead to a desperate feeling of being unable to cope with life and its pressures.

It then becomes increasingly difficult to deal with the daily demands and external pressures in our lives. Typical examples include money worries and the needs of your children. Often, people who are 'stressed out' will suffer with relationship issues or concerns about their work load.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Stress

Note: Suffering from work related stress can also make you feel depressed or anxious. You should discuss any work stress issues it with your employer.

How to Manage Stress and Anxiety in the United KingdomHow it Feels to be Stressed

Feeling stressed usually means you feel anxious, worried, and irritable. You might have a sense of low self-esteem with racing thoughts rushing through your mind.

Even so, people react to stress and anxiety in many different ways. It is strange in some ways, but a stressful situation can often be a motivating experience. For example, athletes manage stress better than most people and use it to 'focus' on the goal of winning.

In fact, stress does not belong with any of the common diseases and it is not an illness itself per se. Yet, along with anxiety and depression, it can lead to serious illness if it does not get addressed and managed.

Note: The most severe cases of stress can lead to complete burnout. As a rule, the outcome is extreme emotional and physical exhaustion.

Practical Steps for Dealing with Stress

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Note: The key to managing stress and anxiety is taking positive action 'before' the triggers start to affect your health and your wellbeing.

Tips on How to Manage Stress and Anxiety in Life in the United Kingdom