Definition of Stress
Stress can be defined as the degree to which you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope as a result of pressures that are unmanageable. Stress is the body’s response when it senses danger. We all experience stress and need it to function. But when stress interferes with our lives, it becomes a problem. Too much stress, for too long, can make us ill. If unaddressed, stress can cause mental health issues like depression or anxiety and harm our physical health. When it goes unaddressed for too long, stress can trigger mental and physical health issues.
Tips to tackle stress
- Sharing how you’re feeling – it’s OK to ask for help and support.
- Switching off from distractions – make time for yourself as a regular part of your routine. Schedule a reminder if you need to.
- Get moving! Physical and mental health are connected – so eat well and exercise to release endorphins.
- Find a fun activity that suits you and your schedule. Setting aside time to have fun or indulge yourself – positive emotions can help build a buffer against stress.
- Learning a new skill – whether painting, playing guitar or a new language.
- Chasing perfection – it can create unrealistic expectations. Accept that mistakes will happen.
- Bottling up your feelings and assuming they will go away – this can make things worse in the long run.
- Overworking and checking your emails out of hours – we all need time to unwind.
- Spending too much of your free time in front of a screen – phone included. Don’t feel pressured to always be ‘doing’ something.
- Overdoing it on sugar, caffeine or alcohol – they’re a quick fix which can increase stress in the long term.
It’s likely that you can learn to manage your stress better by:
- managing external pressures, so stressful situations don’t seem to happen to you quite so often.
- developing your emotional resilience, so you’re better at coping with tough situations when they do happen and don’t feel quite so stressed.
Additional Advice and Support
If you would like to further advice from our Health and wellbeing Officer on how to manage stress please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, as a Ceredigion employee you have access to confidential support and advice from Care First.
A range of useful resources are also listed below: