Accoding to mentalHealth.org.uk that there are approximately 12 million adults in the United Kingdom with mental health problems with many suffering from stress related illnesses like anxiety and depression.
In the Daily Mail, in 2013 stress was costing the UK £10billion a year.
So what is stress?
Stress is how your body responds to emotional or mental pressure. It can be caused by good or bad experiences. Stress can affect how you feel, how you behave and even the way you think.
It might sound strange, but we all need a little bit of stress in our lives. It can even help to motivate us. However, too much stress is problematic. Too much stress can have a real negative impact on your health. It can increase your blood pressure and damage your immune system.
Stress can be caused by many things including work, money issues and your relationships (including partners, family and friends.
Never the less, too many of us try to cope with stress by drinking too much alcohol, smoking, taking drugs or taking out our frustrations on others.
So how can we reduce stress? Here are some useful tips.
It might sound obvious, but identify the true sources of stress in your life as they are not always obvious and they can be over looked. So look closely at your habits and attitudes.
Avoid people who stress you out. Limit the amount of time you spend with them or just end the relationship.
Know what your limits are and stick to them. Saying no can be vital.
Be willing to express your feelings. Bottling them up increases resentment and stress.
Ask for help. There is always a solution to a problem. Swallow your pride and seek help.
Bill Clinton said, “Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it’s the time when they most need to think.”
So don’t let stress hijack your life. Be too blessed to be stressed.
Stay focused and stay blessed.