Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Pressure can turn into stress when you feel unable to cope or find yourself feeling more emotional than usual or you are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with everyday life issues and pressures. Sometimes stress can build up without us really noticing it, we carry on thinking we can cope but inevitably it catches up with us. This is especially common with workplace stress.
Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. In fact, common signs of stress include sleeping problems, loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating. You may start to feel anxious, irritable or low in self esteem, and you may have racing thoughts, worry constantly or go over things in your head. You may notice that you lose your temper more easily, drink more or act unreasonably.
Counselling can help you to recognise the signs of stress and help prevent it escalating. Counselling can also help you develop strategies to manage stress more effectively, such as relaxation, mindfulness, communication and time management.