What is stress?
Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure.
Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else.
Many of life's demands can cause stress, particularly work, relationships and money problems. When you feel stressed, it can get in the way of coping with these demands, or can even affect everything you do.
You can read more about what stress is, how to manage it, recognising your stress triggers and how to get support on the NHS Choices website.
You can also read the NHS Stress Busters Guide; 10 things that can help reduce your stress levels.
How to help yourself
North Lincolnshire Council provides some services that can aid you to 'bust your stress':
Leisure - Physical activity is proven to reduce the feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. You can get active at one of our leisure centres by going swimming, joining the gym or taking part in a group fitness class. If you would prefer something a bit different, you can get involved with community sports, which includes sessions such as chair based exercise, belly dancing and boxercise. Lastly, if you prefer to be outside there is lots to do in our parks, playgrounds and open spaces such as Parkrun. Or you may wish to take part in a game of golf at Kingsway Golf Course or Normanby Hall Golf Course.
Connecting with people - Connecting with people gives you a good support network of friends and family, should you need somebody to turn to in harder times. The Community Wellbeing Hubs are a great way for older or vulnerable people to socialise and make friends.
Avoiding unhealthy habits - It is easy to try and escape your feelings of stress by eating unhealthy food, smoking or drinking alcohol, but these things will not solve your problems. North Lincolnshire Council has lots of resources on healthy habits, such as the One You campaign.