Stress causes physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats or difficulties. You may notice that your heart pounds, your breathing quickens, your muscles tense and you start to sweat.
This is sometimes known as the 'fight or flight' response.
Once the threat or difficulty passes, these physical effects usually fade. But if you're constantly stressed, your body stays in a state of high alert and you may develop stress-related symptoms.
Stress can affect how you feel emotionally, mentally and physically, and also how you behave.
How you may feel emotionally
How you may feel mentally
How you may feel physically
How you may behave
You can't always prevent stress, but there are lots of things you can do to manage stress better. If you have tried self-help techniques and they are not working then consider contacting us to see how we may be able to help you, or you can self refer online.