Some stress is good for you, it can provide you with energy and motivation improving your performance and achieving satisfaction. However prolonged stress can have a negative effect on your health. It will drain you of energy, and can lead to headaches and indigestion problems. Long term stress causes high blood pressure, increasing your risk of heart disease and having a stroke. It can cause panic attacks, mood swings and phobias. Everyone experiences stress during their life. When you have a stressful experience your body stimulates the production of adrenaline, increasing your heart rate and breathing rate and readying your muscles for action. 

You can learn to manage your stress

  1. Time - manage your time efficiently and take firm control of your life, prioritise your time, set realistic life goals and use free time to relax.

  2. Relax and Unwind - take regular time out to relax, learn to get the balance right so you are not constantly working. 

  3. Build Confidence - if you start believing in yourself and feel more confident and positive about yourself you will handle stressful situations better. Learn to become more assertive to allow yourself to deal with difficult situations in a more relaxed manner. Ask for help if you need it.

  4. Laughing - laughing out loud makes us feel good! Laughing releases endorphins producing a natural high, combating the effects of stress. Try to see the funny side of things and put your problems into perspective.