The nature of stress, everyone experiences stress in their lives. We are all living under huge stress, stress affects all of us and we all need to get a whole lot better at learning how to deal with it.  There are ways that can reduce stress but before we go there, it is important to first recognise it in yourself.

What is stress?

Stress is continual worry, it can be about work, life, family, finances; there are many factors that influence our stress levels. Stress prevents you from relaxing and stress happens when you feel you cannot cope with the demands of a situation. Stress is highly debilitating and can easily move into depression.

Stress makes you feel powerless to cope with a problem, if you endure this kind of stress for a long period of time, it can lead to serious illnesses and depression.

Different stresses, examples are physical, emotional, and social to mention a few.  Crisis’s can also cause stress, no one can be completely free of stress regardless of age, occupation, status or wealth, learning how to deal and cope with stress is the answer to this. Stress can often come from when things occur from circumstances beyond your control.

Change is one of the most common causes of stress.  Change is part of life for everyone however adapting to change is still a challenge for everyone, learning how to embrace change will certainly relieve the stress associated with change.

Symptoms of stress can affect your mental and physical health, it is therefore so important to deal with stress before it affects your health. Constant irritability, difficulty in making decisions, loss of sense of humour, difficulty concentrating, lack of interest in things that you used to enjoy, feeling increasingly tired and loss of interest in everyday activities, lack of appetite, comfort eating and bad sleep habits.  Headaches and migraines change of appetite and weight, restlessness or inactivity, loss of energy, loss of self confidence, feeling down are all symptoms of stress.

Things we need to do to manage stress. Strategies that help people cope with stress are relaxation, releasing and empowering strategies.  Exercise is not only good for your body but for your mind as well, research shows that exercise helps to reduces stress levels and anxiety. Regular exercise is excellent in coping with stress.

Listening to music, yoga, deep breathing are all methods to alleviate stress, massage all assist with reducing stress. Running and stretching is also very good in reducing stress. Talking to someone, therapy or a personal coach would be a great way in helping you reduce your stress levels. As stated in the beginning you cannot deal with stress and relieve it, if you do not identify it in your life.

If you are in a transition in your career and feel the pressure and stress that it is causing you Debra at Debra Manson Recruitment is trained and qualified to assist you in getting you to that next step in your career.

Stress affects all of us, getting people alongside who can assist and direct you in what the next steps should be is support that we all need.  I look forward in having a conversation with you to see how we can be of assistance.

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