We all have stress in our lives. Many of life’s demands can cause stress, particularly work, relationships and money problems. And, when you feel stressed, it can get in the way of sorting out these demands, or can even affect everything you do.

Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. In fact, common signs of stress include sleeping problems, sweating, loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating. Once the pressure or threat has passed, your stress hormone levels will usually return to normal. However, if you’re constantly under stress, these hormones will remain in your body, leading to more acute symptoms of stress – feel anxious, irritable or low in self esteem.

When you are under a lot of pressure you may also take respite in things you would not ordinarily do. You may notice that you lose your temper more easily, drink more or act unreasonably. You may also experience headaches, muscle tension or pain, or dizziness.Stress causes a surge of hormones in your body. These stress hormones are released to enable you to deal with pressures or threats – the so-called “fight or flight” response. Sometimes we can over-think things to such a level that we stress ourselves out to the point of oblivion.

I have the tendency to get really irritated when I get annoyed and stressed out and things get out of control. My biggest issue is that I do not have enough “time” – to do the things that I want to do. I seriously wish there were more hours in the day because it would allow me to do more things. Due to this my frustration builds up and I get quite “snappy” with my family. I am well aware that it’s not good, for all parties involved, but sometimes you just have to vent.

After speaking to a lot of people I have learnt that there are numerous things that we can do to reduce our stress:

  •     Exercise
  •     Eat healthy
  •     Do the things you enjoy-Cinema/bowling
  •     If at any point you get suicidal feelings-Please go and see your GP
  •     Listen to music
  •     Get a massage
  •     Try something new
  •     Get lots of sleep

After speaking to Neil on the show it was clear that a lot of people don’t take regular breaks at work, which often hinders their productivity. When we are stressed we don’t breath properly, so he made me practice how to ‘breath properly’-Yes really!

We all go through tough times in life and react to things differently however it is vital, that if you are feeling lower than low and cannot even fathom getting out of bed and are having suicidal thoughts. Then please GO AND SEE YOUR GP IMMEDIATELY.

But if there is one thing I can suggest to those reading this…It is…Don’t be so hard on yourself!