Stress can be something that you deal with every single day and add lots of pressure to your everyday life. And the Festive Season can certainly add to stress. But there are things you can do.
Whatever the cause of your stress it can often be quite overwhelming and make it hard to cope.
Whilst stress is not necessarily seen as a psychiatric diagnosis it can still be linked towards your emotional wellbeing; it can lead to creating mental health problems or worsening previous problems. And, vice versa, mental health problems could lead to creating more stress for yourself in regards to dealing with the situation.
This is why it is important to be able to manage your stress and reduce the impact it will have on your mental health. Here are some things that could be helpful:
Sometimes talking about things with a trained professional can be helpful for you to learn how to deal with stress and become more aware of your own thoughts and feelings.
· Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which helps you understand your thought patterns, recognise your trigger points and identify positive actions you can take.
· Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), which combines mindfulness, meditation and yoga with a particular focus on reducing stress. Burton and District Mind provide Mindfulness sessions.
Hobbies can be a great way of supporting your mental health and wellbeing with research showing that many people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from low moods, stress and depression. Just having that activity that you enjoy can help to break up your normal day to day routine whilst also maybe connect you with others who share the same fondness for that activity.
What do you do to cope with stress?