Stress Less

23 Jul

Stressful Times

Stressful Times [photo from here]

Everyone gets stressed, it’s a part of life but when does it become too much? When does that hair tearing, nail biting become too hard to cope with? Exams, friends, relationships are all causes of stress and it can affect any age, height, weight or gender. Why does it affect some more than others however? Why is it that some can waltz through life without a care in the world whereas others crumble at the slightest hint of a problem?
Some argue that it is in our genes, if our parents are worriers than we will be too. Others say that it’s our surroundings and past which will inevitably cause us to stress out more so than our relaxed counterparts. Regardless of the reasons, it is a fact that stress is one of the biggest causes for depression, breakdowns and even suicide. It is an issue not researched enough, and as these are diagnosed as mental problems then a lot of the public don’t like to talk about them. The phrases used so often in everyday life, ‘I’m so stressed’, ‘the stress is doing my head in’ causes people to not realise the serious problems that can result from stress.
Debates over anti-depressants have also been made. For people suffering from depression, medication may seem their only route out. People have argued that it’s too easy to get which may be true but what if people really need it just to make their lives easier? What is the problem if people depend upon it if it does help them get through life? Yes they are then becoming reliant on a tablet but so may be women on the contraceptive pill etc. However some do not want to have to rely on a tablet. One of the reasons may be that if they forget to take it, it can make your mood change irratically. Although some argue that they do not want to be defined by medication, be that public thoughts on antidepressants or actually having to take a tablet to control themselves every day. It can however be said that people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or depression etc. suffer from a lack of chemicals in their brain, this could then just be a way of fixing said problem and not something to be ashamed of. Some although say that the tablet is too easy and quick to be prescribed, but is there a problem if any Tom, Dick or Harry feel or are given medication that helps them in the long haul?
Now some may think that this article is a bit OTT, after all a little bit of stress over exams never hurt anyone. But for those thousands that stress affects in a big way, this is for them and everyone else who do not realise the seriousness of what can happen if stress takes over. Whether you are struggling with relationship stress, exams or something more serious, there are little ways in which you can help yourself:
– Always drink plenty of water – I know it doesn’t seem like a big thing but it helps you feel refreshed and replenished
– Try not to drink as much alcohol – Don’t stop going out with friends as that could actually stress you out even more but slow down on the alcohol as things can feel more extreme, you could do something you’ll regret and remember that alcohol is an anti-depressant and can also make you feel like rubbish the next day as well as at the time
– Get enough sleep – Treat yourself to that lie in and let your body wake itself up
– Talk to people – whether its friends, family or your GP, make sure you get your problems off your chest
– Keep a diary – if it helps write all your feelings down
– Listen to music – whatever mood you are in there is a song for it, when I was down recently, I listened to a lot of sad music, be careful not to let yourself stay down there though. Try our music section for some nice, happy, uplifting music to cheer you up (Mika always has fun songs to dance to!)
– Learn a hobby and hang out with friends – take your mind off it and chill out but remember if it is exam revision then you still have to do it!
– Let yourself cry – it helps to get rid of all the pent up emotion, after that though , try and cheer yourself up by the above
And remember, if none of this works DO NOT be ashamed to go and talk to your doctor, even seeing a counsellor or a psychiatrist is nothing to be embarrassed about, if you need to talk to someone who can help you who knows what they are talking about then just go and talk with your local GP and they can help you to sort through your problems

About the writer:

Becky has just finished a degree in English and Creative Writing and is very happy with her 2:1. She is friendly bubbly and just so happens to be the co-creator of Yellow Bunting. She hopes you enjoy it and that you get involved!


2 Responses to “Stress Less”

  1. Tony Jennings 23/07/2012 at 3:28 pm #

    great article, well done

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