There are many things that can cause stress in our lives, with a recent report from the Mental Health Foundation highlighting the most common.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 the organisation published its report Stress: Are We Coping? This survey found that in the past year, 74 per cent of UK adults said that they’d felt so stressed at some point in time they didn’t feel able to cope or were overwhelmed.
It also identified the main causes of stress in people’s lives, with long-term health conditions, work and money named as the main things that make people stressed.
Over one-third (36 per cent) of the adults who had admitted suffering from stress in the past year cited long-term health conditions that either they or a close friend or relative were suffering from as the cause of that stress.
Work was also identified as a major stressor, with one of the challenges finding a balance between work and home life. Meanwhile, not having enough money to meet basic needs was named as a contributing factor to stress by 22 per cent of those surveyed.
The report also offered recommendations on how to deal with stress, which include recognising it as a problem and understanding the causes, examining your lifestyle and seeing if there is a way to make more time for yourself, and being mindful.
A recent article in the Belfast Telegraph offered some advice on how to become more emotionally resilient and thereby cope better with stress. Top tips included letting go of the idea of perfection, finding balance and accepting yourself.
This can be easier said than done though, and you may want to seek help from a professional with therapy rooms in Central London to support you on your journey to better mental health.