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Stress


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Introduction

Stress means different things to different people. A situation, which is stimulating to one person, may be overwhelmingly stressful for another. Stress is a natural, human response but the degree of dis-stress is determined not just by events we experience but by how we perceive and respond to them. Whilst stress can help keep us motivated, a build up of stress can adversely affect our physical and mental well-being. The symptoms of stress include:

  • Feeling anxious, irritable, tearful, angry, lonely, overwhelmed and fearful.
  • Physically tired, lethargic, sweaty, breathless, tense, experiencing headaches, weight change.
  • Acting irrationally, erratically (sleeping, eating), unable to manage time well, seeking 'comfort' habits.

Moving out of feeling stressed

Recognising that your stress level is unhealthy is an important first step. Making changes to your lifestyle can help manage stress, including ensuring you are taking care of yourself physically - incorporating healthy eating and sleeping patterns and taking exercise. Managing time effectively can reduce stress levels by setting targets that are realistic, prioritising clearly and rewarding a completed task. Challenge thinking patterns that induce stress - perhaps 'reframe' situations and reappraise situations. Maintain support networks and consider talking through your concerns. An effective way of managing stress is to undertake relaxation and breathing exercises (see relaxation).

Getting support

The University Counselling Service is available for students and staff of the University of Warwick http://www.warwick.ac.uk/counselling

Medical support and information on medication can be obtained from your GP.

NHS site: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/improve-mental-wellbeing.aspx

App: https://www.headspace.com/

http://www.mindspace.org.uk/2012/01/14-day-meditation-challenge-2/

http://www.winddown.co.uk/

http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/mildmoderate/Stress.asp

http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/emotional_health/mental_health/emotion_stress.shtml

http://mindfulnessforstudents.co.uk/

http://www.studentminds.org.uk/exam-stress.html

Article from the Boar on mental health and support http://theboar.org/2015/10/13/lets-talk-about-mental-health/

An interview with Head of Counselling at Bristol University giving top tips on managing stress

http://www.unipaper.co.uk/article/from-the-experts-how-to-recognise-and-deal-with-stress

listen to a range of podcasts:

Change the way you feel by changing the way you think is a free E-book containing strategies and exercises to help change negative thought patterns and behaviour: https://www.crcpress.com/go/change_the_way_you_feel_by_changing_the_way_you_think_freebook?&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=161004547_1556941

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/podcasts/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcGyVTAoXEU

Coventry and Warwickshire NHS trust has a number of self-help apps available to download http://www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/dont_panic/pages/default.aspx

http://www.happyhealthyapp.com/app daily tracking of moods, nutrition, exercise

http://www.dwmh.nhs.uk/wellmind/ App for stress, anxiety and depression

A helpful graphic representation about stress: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=I6402QJp52M

Self- help booklet on Stress https://www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp/ 

 

 

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