How Does Stress Affect Your Health?

Is stress good for you? Is stress an illness? Can stress make you ill? These are just some of the most popular related searches on Google, a place that many people turn to first for help and advice.

Stress is something that most of us experience during our lifetimes and some would say they thrive off it. But it can take its toll on both your physical health and mental wellbeing, so it’s important to know how best to reduce and manage it.

It’s known to exacerbate or increase the risk of conditions such as obesity, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s, so how do we know when stress has become unhealthy? Ask yourself, do you feel any of the following?

  • Irritable, aggressive, impatient
  • Overburdened
  • Unable to switch off
  • Disinterested in life
  • A sense of dread

You may even experience physical symptoms, including:

  • Insomnia
  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Upset stomach or nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Panic attacks

Over 11 million days are lost at work each year because of stress and some people with severe stress experience suicidal feelings, so it’s something we should all be taking extremely seriously.

It is however virtually impossible to avoid, whether it’s caused by work issues, financial problems, house moves, family difficulties, bereavement or other life changing events.

Excess pressure challenges our ability to cope, but there are ways to manage stress better and to become more resilient. It’s important, for example, to identify the main causes of stress in your life and address those issues, rather than allow them to consume or overwhelm you.

Whether it’s a short or a long term problem, we are here to help and support you, so get in touch with our friendly team today to find out more about the services we can offer, from counselling, to psychiatry and cognitive behavioural therapy. Don’t suffer in silence.

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