Help and Support

If you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to be a problem for you. Consider talking to a professional if:

  • Your distress leads to dangerous thoughts or behaviour, such as considering suicide or physically harming your body. If you are having suicidal thoughts call the Samaritans on 116 123. If you have an emergency medical situation, call 999
  • Your distress lasts for a long time (weeks, months or years)
  • Your distress seems out of proportion to your problems
  • You feel distressed frequently and you are not sure why
  • You continue feeling bad even when good things happen
  • You find that distress interferes with your ability to live life the way you want to live it
  • You feel a need to use alcohol or drugs in order to feel better

There is lots of support available in Surrey – take a look at our Welcome Project website for more information:

Tel; 01483 590150

Email: thewelcomeproject@catalystsupport.org.uk

Web: www.thewelcomeprojectsurrey.co.uk

Other useful websites:

https://www.mind.org.uk/

https://www.samaritans.org/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/reduce-stress/

http://www.oakleaf-enterprise.org/

http://cornerhouse.cc/

http://www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk/

Coping with stress

Too much stress, or prolonged stress can affect our physical and mental health. Taking steps to cope with situations we find stressful is important – here are 10 tips on how to manage stress:

1.     ACKNOWLEDGE THE STRESS - Start dealing with stress by acknowledging that you are currently experiencing it. This may seem oversimplified, but it is an important first step.

2.     MEDITATE - Meditation reduces the perceived severity of stress and pain. It also helps with pain-related depression and anxiety.

3.    PRACTICE SELF CARE - Regularly taking time out to do something you love can go a long way towards overall stress reduction.

4.   CONNECT WITH PEOPLE The activities we do with friends and family help us relax. A good support network of colleagues, friends and family is an excellent stress reliever

5.  CLEAR THE CLUTTER - Taking a few moments at the end of each day to put things away can help you wake up with a clear space and a calm mind.

6.  BE ACTIVE - One of the best ways to manage the most stressful life events is with exercise. Just ten minutes of daily physical activity can be enough to reset your mental and emotional state.

7.   AVOID UNHEALTHY HABITS - Don’t rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as your ways of coping. It might provide temporary relief, but it won’t make the problems disappear. You need to tackle the cause of your stress

8.  EAT WELL - There are plenty of delicious, easy foods that are anti-inflammatory and help lower stress.

9.   GET SUPPORT - Simply talking to someone such as a friend, doctor or counsellor can help relieve stress. Don’t be afraid to ask for support

10.  MANAGE YOUR TIME- Give yourself time to get things done. Accept that you cannot do everything at once and start to prioritise and diarise your tasks

There is lots of support available in Surrey – contact us for more information:

Tel; 01483 590150

Email: thewelcomeproject@catalystsupport.org.uk

Web: www.thewelcomeprojectsurrey.co.uk

Most common causes of stress

Stress has many different causes, which can vary from person to person. Some individuals get stressed easily while others need several different stressful events before they begin to feel the physical or psychological effects. Here are some of the most common causes of stress: 

·         Childhood trauma

·         Death of a loved one

·         Divorce

·         Finances

·         Job

·         Health

·         Personal relationships

·         Chronically ill child

·         Pregnancy

·         Danger

 

In 1967 Holmes and Rahe developed a questionnaire called the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) for identifying major stressful life events. Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe found a strong correlation did exist between life stressors and patient illness. With this in mind, they could indicate which life stressors put people at higher risk for becoming ill as a result.  The Stress Scale is often used by doctors today to predict illness from stressful life events. To calculate your own stress levels, and see how these stressful situations could be affecting your health, please click the link below:

https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_82.htm