• What is stress?
    • Stress involves mental and emotional tension or strain that results from pressures in daily life. While stress is a part of life, sometimes too much stress can cause a person to have mental and physical health problems. Worries about financial situations, the person you care for, and how you will fit in your own needs among your caring responsibilities are all things that may cause a carer to feel stressed. Feeling this way over long periods of time without help or relief can cause many other problems for a person down the line.
  • Am I stressed?
    • When a person is stressed, they may feel the effects physically, emotionally, and mentally. Things like low energy, headaches, upset stomach, muscle tension, and lowered immune system all are physical symptoms of stress. When a person is overly stressed, they may also be irritable, avoidant of others, overwhelmed, and feel unable to relax. These emotional responses to stress can ultimately lead to more cognitive issues such as forgetfulness, inability to focus, pessimism, poor judgment, and constant battling thoughts.
  • Stress Management
    • Nobody likes feeling stressed out. The good news is that there are so many things that you can do each day to help de-stress. Taking just 10 minutes each day to sit back and relax can have a huge impact on you mentally, especially if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with your responsibilities. Just having a cup of tea or coffee and reading the newspaper in the mornings can make a very big impact and can lead to less stress throughout the day. In addition to this, exercise has been proven to be one of the top tools a person can use when it comes to overcoming stress. Going for a quick walk or run can have you feeling better mentally after just 15 minutes! If you are unable to get out to exercise, even doing exercises at home using online videos or equipment can help you to exercise and destress! Sometimes all that a person needs to do to alleviate feelings of stress is to get out and have some fun. Being able to go out with friends or family members to get away from your typical responsibilities can allow you to focus on things other than whatever it is that is stressing you out. If you have some time alone, meditating, yoga, and controlled breathing are all things that you can do to help alleviate stress as well.
  • Need more support?

    • If you feel stressed and overwhelmed because of your caring responsibilities, Suffolk Carers Matter would be happy to help! We offer free support, advice, and guidance and even have a free counselling service available should you need it!

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