Help! I'm Stressed!

What causes stress?

Stress can be motivating but too much stress can lead to overload.

Signs of too much stress

Picture of Stressed Person
Emotional Mental
  • Anxiety
  • Grouchiness
  • Depression
  • Withdrawing from people
  • Quick to anger
  • Mind blanks
  • Forgetting
  • Problems concentrating
  • Lack of motivation
  • Fixed ideas
Physical Behavioural
  • Sweating
  • Pounding heart
  • Tense muscles
  • Shallow breathing
  • Tension headaches
  • Light headedness
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Back and neck pain
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds
  • Frequent urination
  • Stutter
  • Shaking
  • Nervous tics
  • Saying the wrong thing
  • High pitched voice or laughter
  • Teeth grinding
  • Being accident prone

Most people feel uncomfortable when they are overstressed. So they try to calm down or distract themselves from the unpleasant feelings in various ways. Some of these ways actually do more harm than good:

Making a Stress Management Plan

To manage stress we need to change ourselves, our situation or both.

Make some notes each evening about your day:

Use these notes to work out your own stress management plan.

Stress management plans can involve:

Changing the way we do things

i.e. changing certain habits and learning new skills such as:

Changing the way we think about things

Some negative thought habits may be:

Consider instead:

Getting rid of unnecessary sources of stress

NB. "Situation hopping" or doing "geographicals" - changing partners, jobs, friends, towns etc. as a frequent alternative to changing ourselves - brings only short term stress relief.

Reducing your physical anxiety level through:

"You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:32