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Stress Awareness Day

It's National Stress Awareness Day today. Do you or someone you know experience stress regularly?

Money worries, relationships, work issues and exams are all areas of our lives where stress can become a problem. Ignoring problems over the longer-term can lead to ill-health.

Common symptoms of stress include low self-esteem, constant worrying, racing thoughts, drinking more, temper outbursts and forgetfulness. Physical symptoms can include headaches, sweating and muscle tension.

The good news is that once you have taken that important first step to recognise that stress has become a problem, there are practical steps you can take to deal with it and stop it recurring in the future.

What steps can I take to help stress less?

Steps for Stress is a website which offers practical suggestions to help you take small steps to start dealing with stress and stop it building up in future. You can also order a free relaxation CD and booklet from the site.

NHS Living Life is a free telephone service which offers support based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach, a type of 'talking therapy'. After completing a short questionnaire to ensure Living Life is best suited to your needs, you will be offered telephone appointments with a Self-help Coach or Therapist. The Coach or Therapist can help you understand your reasons for feeling stressed/anxious and help develop new ways of coping. Call 0800 328 9655 or visit Living Life for further information.