FIRSTLY – YOU ARE NOT ALONE
According to The Stress Management Society:
🟩 65% of people have felt more stressed after the pandemic
🟩 53% admit to feeling more anxious than usual.
🟩 43% feel more depressed than usual.
SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR
If any of these symptoms/behaviours feel familiar, you might need to seek out coping mechanisms or professional help to support you.
Fatigue | Headaches | Taut Muscles | Skin Irritations | Frequent Infections | Constricted Breathing
Worrying | Indecision | Negativity | Foggy Thinking | Hasty Decisions | Impaired Judgement
Loss of confidence | Apprehension | Indifference | Depression | Irritability | Insomnia
Substance Abuse | Loss of Appetite | Accident Prone | Restlessness | Loneliness | Insomnia
THE STRESS BUCKET
We all have different sizes of stress buckets. Using good coping strategies stops them overflowing. If you are feeling overwhelmed, consider:
🟩 What is happening in your life right now?
🟩 What is happening at work?
🟩 What needs your urgent attention?
🟩 What needs to change to help you?
🟩 Who can help you?
🟩 What might be some good coping strategies?
Explore some stress-busting solutions yourself:
🟩 Be Active – introduce some exercise every day, even just 10,000 steps is great. Clear your thoughts and enjoy those endorphins.
🟩 Take Control – Break down your list of problems into a list of things to achieve. Slowly tackle one at a time and you’ll start to feel you are in control of your achievements rather than your problems overwhelming you.
🟩 Connect with people – Switch off your TV and go out and do something less boring instead, with another human being! Slowly re-socialise.
🟩 Challenge yourself – Try doing new things. Small things. Expand your knowledge and surprise yourself.
🟩 Help others – people who help other people in turn become more resilient themselves.
🟩 Useful apps – When dealing with stress, you may find relaxation, mindfulness, or self-care helpful.
Identify someone to speak to…
🟩 Whether with a friend, family member, your GP or therapist, sometimes we need to talk.
🟩 Whether face to face or chatting over zoom, arrange a time when you are comfortable to talk freely and confidentially.
🟩 Allow plenty of time – you don’t want to be rushing a sensitive conversation.
🟩 Explain that you want to take some time to talk about YOU.
Try to Prepare
🟩 If you’re feeling a bit wobbly, it might be helpful to have some notes to hand to remind yourself of key points you want to communicate.
🟩 Try to open up and share not just your feelings, but your actual experiences, so they can help you identify changes that might be made.
🟩 Feel safe. Insist that your conversation will remain confidential unless you agree it can be shared with someone else who might be able to help.