Mind Matters

It is estimated that one in four of us will experience mental ill-health at some point in our lives. Since mental health can affect how we think, feel and act it is important to understand how to recognize the sign that we are stressed. Stress can influence our decision making abilities and interactions, particularly in the workplace where so much of our day is spent.

Being able to undersstand and address mental health is important, as people who feel good about themselves often feel more valued, have less conflicts with colleagues, can multitask and concentrate longer, in all being more productive.

Bulding a healthly work environment for people to feel safe and secure in discussing mental health issues is not easy or fast, so the quickest resolution is if each person takes the responsibility for their own mental health hygiene and wellbeing.

In this day and age all of us have stress in our life, external and internal, but looking at our stressors and behaviours there are ways and behaviours that can reduce our stress levels.

There is no medical definition for stress, this is why anxiety, fear and depression are often intermingled and even misdiagnosed. We all feel stress at sometime, and we deal with it differently due to our personalities, emotional resilience and understanding. Some stress can be helpful, stimulating and motivating, to help us achieve deadlines or help us try that much harder to achieve, but when that stress is prolonged and it is making us ill, making life difficult then it becomes a different monster.

Two types of stressors:


External situations and environments that are outside of us, and internal –


External – such as: job or work environment, relationships and contact with others, social gatherings, bereavement, divorce, illness, pregnancy or sexual concerns, new house/baby/spouse/job, wedding, education, or exams, to highlight a few.

Internal: Factors that come from inside us to determine how we respond.
Attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, worry, anger, fear, how fit we are emotionally, psychologically and physically. Our innate ability to calm ourselves down, relax and unwind.

Somethings you may feel:
A knot in your stomach, anxious, nervous, depresseed, irritable, impatient, a sense of fear, or doom, neglect, feel isolated and alone, a sense of feeling low, lethargic.

Some behavioural traits:
Nal biting, unable to concentrate or sit still, indecisive, tearful, pensive, constantly going over things in your mind, reliving situations, things you could/should have done/said, practastinating in tasks (even simple ones) worrying about things and people all the time.

Physical signs:
A dry mouth, panic attacks, sleep issues, hyperventilating shortness of breath, chest pains, bowel/stomach problems, indigestion, heartburn, headaches, constantly tired, dizziness, and sexual problems.

Stress is the symptom, not the problem, so finding out what the root concern is, then it is easier to deal with.

Very often stress and stressors are illogical, really asking yourself logical questions can often give you a good starting point to combat the emotions a stress causes.

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Stay safe and well

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