Well, the short answer is ‘pretty terrible’ a lot of the time – but there are lots of different ways it can manifest itself. From physical symptoms, to emotionally draining thought processes, it’s different for everyone.
Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be. Salt-n-Pepa references over with for now, there’s a lot people misunderstand about stress – one major thing being, it can actually be good.
Stress? Pah, we all get stressed. While that might be true, for some of us, it can have devastating effects that go on to impact our physical health, as well as our loved ones.
The last few weeks I’ve been struggling to summon very much motivation or excitement for anything, even things I’ve looked forward to in the past. And people are starting to notice.
It’s that time of year again – the leaves are turning warm shades of gold and red, knitwear is back on the agenda and you suddenly have the urge to drink something spiced. It’s the best. Or is it?
I spend quite a bit of time offering advice on how people reading the blog could improve their mental health. So in the interests of transparency, I thought I’d share the (numerous) things I could probably get to work on myself.
Yesterday, I saw Sinead O’Connor trending on Twitter and thought the worst. After Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, I wondered whether I was about to find out there had been another high-profile suicide.
I don’t have any great authority in mental health. I’m not a nurse. I’m not a professional. But I did have a pretty terrible time with my anxiety last year – so this week, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned since taking stress leave 12 months ago.
Most of us are familiar with the term ‘the invisible illness’ when it comes to mental health issues – and while that may be true to an extent, I don’t think it’s half as invisible as people seem to think it is.
It’s safe to say that most of us have experienced waking up in the morning and feeling entirely unlike ourselves. Whether it’s exhaustion, anxiety, or a debilitating lack of enthusiasm for the day ahead, getting ready for work can feel stressful and takes a mammoth effort.