Stress has become a common feature of our everyday lives; trying to juggle work and family commitments along with everything else that gets thrown your way each day can really take a toll on our physical and mental health. According to the Samaritans, one in five people get stressed on a daily basis. Stress can be caused by many things like relationship problems and money worries to household chores and work pressures. And while stress is not always negative - it has always played an important role in humans’ survival - for some people stress can turn into something far bigger than feeling the occasional need for a ‘time out’ to regroup.
When stress starts getting out of control and your body finds it harder and harder to recover you could develop chronic stress, which in turn could lead to depression. By knowing what the sings are, you may be able to nip it in the bud and reclaim control of your own life.
Some signs that you might be suffering from chronic stress are:
There are some steps you can take to help ease the way stress affects you and take control of your life:
If you however find that you are still struggling, book yourself an appointment with your GP who will be able to offer valuable advice and support.
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