Most adults will have experienced some form of stress at least once in their lifetime. Stress can occur due to a number of different factors and can result from a build up of mental pressure. The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16 was 488,000 cases.
Common signs of stress include sleeping problems, sweating, loss of appetite, hair loss, headaches, pain and difficulty concentrating.
Despite stress not being an illness itself, it can cause a variety of illnesses if not dealt with properly. When controlled stress can help you to perform better, be a motivator and keep you safe. However when left alone, it can prove to be fatal. Stress can have physical effects as it engages the bodies flight or fight response as hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are released.
Stress can be caused by a variety of factors which include:
- Major life changes
- Work or school
- Relationship difficulties
- Chronic worry
- Unrealistic expectations
Stress can ruin peoples’ lives and in some cases make them develop anxiety or depression. However, stress can be combatted by:
- Regular Exercise
- Improved Diet
- Healthier Outlook on life
- Spending time with others
- Engaging your senses
- Relaxation or meditation
- Increase in sleep
Being under pressure is part of life, so it is better to learn stress combatting techniques early on rather than suffer with the symptoms and effects of stress throughout life.