According to a survey by the Stress Management Society, 65% of the people they surveyed said they felt more stressed since the COVID restrictions began a year ago. And even though those restrictions are starting to ease, worry about mixing with others or returning to the office will undoubtedly be raising the stress levels in some of us.
Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. The key to reducing stress is thinking about and identifying what causing you stress, then taking positive stress to address those causes.
We all experience and react to stress in different ways. Here are some examples of how stress can affect how we:
- Memory problems
- Poor judgement
- Lack of concentration
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds
- Skin complaints
- High blood pressure
- Drinking more alcohol, smoking more
- Isolating from others
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Loss of sense of humour
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Take a break, grab a glass of water and join Kerry Pocock, Our Dorset Wellbeing Coach, to find out about the links between dehydration and stress.
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