We all have worries about certain things in life and this is perfectly normal. But for some people this worry can become overwhelming. If you feel that your worry or anxiety is becoming part of who you are and is beginning to have a negative impact on your everyday life, you may need help.


Feeling stressed is a normal part of day to life and something we have all developed ways to deal with. Occasionally though, stress get the better of us and it can be hard to think about anything else or carry out day-to-day activities. When this is the case, it may be a good idea to seek out advice in order to help you better cope and manage better


Stress can affect both your mental and physical wellbeing,
with common symptoms including:


  • Feeling irritable or aggressive
  • Feeling anxious or afraid
  • Feeling depressed or uninterested in life
  • Feeling restless
  • An inability to switch off or relax
  • An inability to enjoy yourself
  • An inability to concentrate
  • Having difficulty making decisions
  • Snapping at people
  • Shallow breathing or hyperventilating
  • Panic attacks
  • Headaches, chest pains, high blood pressure or other symptoms of ill health


What causes stress?

Stress can be caused by one or more things that are having a significant impact on your life.
Common things that cause stress include:


  • The breakdown of a relationship
  • Bereavement
  • Ill health, either your own or that of someone close
  • Life changes such as marriage, divorce or moving home
  • Work or education
  • Your financial situation


Stress doesn’t impact us all equally. The amount of stress we feel can vary depending on our perception of the situation, our ability to deal with pressure, our personality and our emotional resilience.