How do you feel today?

Am I stressed?

What is stress? According to the medical news today website, stress is a feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with demands. Stress can be a motivator; and stress can be essential to survival. The fight or flight mechanism can tell us when and how to respond to danger. However, if this mechanism is triggered too easily it can undermine a person’s mental and physical health and become harmful.

Are my stress levels too high? This is a personal thing – we all have different tolerance levels of stress. What can seem exhilarating to one person can seem terrifying to another.....Click here to read more information


My Journey Through Stress

A few years ago I was caring for my mum who had mixed dementia. She wanted to remain in her own home, and despite my concerns for her safety and that of her neighbours, this situation was allowed to continue until she died. I lived in fear that she would burn the house down and had to deal with many complaints from her neighbours about her aggression. All in all, as any dementia carer will tell you, it was a stressful time.

Shortly before Mum died another close relative became seriously ill and 3 other relatives/close friends died - some of them way too young!.....Click here to read more information


Stress busters

Some tips on how to beat stress

  • Try not to keep saying 'yes' to everything that's asked of you. This only builds up stress levels. It's ok to say no sometimes. If you always say yes, what is it really worth when we do actually want to say it?
  • Take a break - even if it's only for 10 minutes. Browse through a magazine or just close your eyes and listen to some relaxing music. It is important to take time to re-charge your energy levels.....Click here to read more information