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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.

Body:

Fatigue | Headaches | Taut Muscles | Skin Irritations | Frequent Infections | Constricted Breathing

Mind:

Worrying | Indecision | Negativity | Foggy Thinking | Hasty Decisions | Impaired Judgement

Emotions:

Loss of confidence | Apprehension | Indifference | Depression | Irritability | Insomnia

Behaviour:

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?


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.


SPEAK OUT

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.

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