25 June, 2021
Stress is something that everyone experiences, but for some people it can affect their life, health and wellbeing.
It’s important to tackle it as soon as possible, and although the signs of stress range from person to person, signs can include (but are not limited to):
- Feelings of constant worry, anxiety of overwhelm
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings or changes to mood
- Changes to eating habits
- Use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs to relax
- Gastrointestinal issues like diarrhoea and constipation
- Loss of sex drive
If you experience any of those symptoms for a prolonged period and feel like they are affecting your everyday life, you should reach out for support. Your GP can signpost you to support services available in your local area.
Alternatively, and often in addition to, reaching out for support, simple lifestyle changes can support you in coping with stress including, eating healthily, taking time for yourself to relax and be mindful, light exercise and sleeping well to name a few.
If you think that substance over use may be contributing to your stress, get in touch with us for support and advice.