November 5, 2019
The effects of stress and how to combat it
We’ve all dealt with stress at a certain point in our lives. According to a study by the Mental Health Foundation in 2017, 74% of people felt overwhelmed or unable to cope due to stress at some point.
Even if stress is not always a bad thing – it can actually be a key motivator before an exam or an important event – if experienced over the long term, it can be harmful and undermine our mental and physical health. For this reason, it’s important to recognize the signs and learn how to deal with major and minor stress events.
Nowadays, everyone can be affected by stress. However, stress manifests itself in different ways and everyone reacts to it differently.
There are different types and it can be experienced as a short-term or long-term occurrence.
The causes of stress can be multiple:
- A trauma due to an accident or another unfortunate event
- A sudden change such as losing a job or big life change
- Routine coming from everyday life and responsibilities such as family issues or pressure at work or school
When should we start worrying? When stress gets chronic and constant, our health and wellbeing can be undermined. For this reason, taking a moment to evaluate our perceived stress levels and recognize the symptoms of stress on body, thoughts, feelings, and behavior is very important and needed.
Managing stress is possible and everyone should find their own way to keep stress levels under control. Some examples are:
- Get enough quality sleep
- Eat well and regularly because a balanced diet helps keep your immune system healthy
- Learn to say ‘no’ from time to time
- And other small things such as talk to friends and family, take a moment to relax.
For more tips on how to manage stress, read our infographic here. It provides useful tips on the topics.