‘I’m stressed out!’ We all say it and we all feel it from time to time. Feeling pressured can seriously affect our focus, sleep and ability to get things done.
‘I thrive on stress!’ Stress is a natural feeling but too much of it can cause disturbed sleep, sweating, lack of appetite and difficulty concentrating. If you recognise these think about talking to friends, family or someone at UCLan. If your feeling stressed for more than 2 weeks and it’s not getting better think about seeing your practice nurse or doctor for advice.
If you struggle with poor sleep this can lead to increased stress, reduced concentration, tiredness and irritability. Sleep problems are very common and could be problems getting to sleep, waking often, waking up too early, or sleeping too much.
Practical tips to help reduce stress:
- Be active, moving around and exercising releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, it can boost self-esteem, help concentration, and improve sleep.
- Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
- Learn to manage your time effectively
- Make time for your hobbies and interests
- Look for social support. Spend plenty of time with people you like
- Give yourself some time, even 10mins to just rest, relax, listen to music, have a bath this will re-energise you for the work ahead
- Accept that there are events that are out of your control
- Be assertive instead of aggressive. Express your feelings, opinions or beliefs rather than becoming angry, defensive or passive
- Get enough rest and sleep as your body needs time to recover from stressful events
- Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs or compulsive behaviour to reduce stress
- Improve your ability to cope with stress by using the 5 Ways to Feeling Great page