Just a swift kick up ARRSE before I had off to Jockland….

Christmas can be a great time of year or a sh*t one.
Stress levels go through the roof and we start to think we must be going mad…..


Recognising stress

Some common signs of too much stress include:

* increased irritability
* heightened sensitivity to criticism
* signs of tension, such as nail-biting
* difficulty getting to sleep and early morning waking
* increased use of alcohol or cigarettes
* indigestion
* loss of concentration

It's important to take action to relieve damaging stress before it affects your physical or mental health.

If you start to feel things are getting on top of you, give yourself some breathing space. Take a day off from work, domestic chores, family and everything else that puts pressure on you. Spend the day doing only relaxing things that make you feel good. It can make all the difference, reducing the threat to your wellbeing.

Dealing with stress

The secret of managing stress is to look after yourself and, where possible, to remove some of the causes of stress.

Some ways to cope with stress:

* accept offers of practical help
* do one thing at a time - don't keep piling stress on stress
* know your own limits - don't be too competitive or expect too much of yourself
* talk to someone
* do things you enjoy and have some fun
* let off steam in a way that causes no harm (shout, scream or hit a pillow)
* walk away from stressful situations
* try to spend time with people who are rewarding rather than critical and judgmental
* practise slow breathing using the lower part of the lungs
* use relaxation techniques.
If you, or anyone you live with, seem less able to cope, talk!!!

Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 (UK) 1850 60 90 90 (ROI) (24/7/365)

Combat Stress Head Office 01372 841600 Scotland and North East 01292 560322 Wales and Midlands 01952 820 335 South 01372 841680 Ireland 02890 233894 (All Office Hours)

Depression Alliance (England) 020 7633 0557 (Scotland) 0131 467 3050 Wales 029 2069 2891 (All Office Hours)

Maca (The Mental After Care Association) 020 7061 3400 (Office Hours)

Northern Ireland Veterans Association, c/o The Legacy Project, The Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball Trust, Peace Drive, Warrington WA5 1HQ.

The Royal British Legion 08457 725725

The Veterans Agency 0800 169 2277

Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation 020 7385 2110 for advice if you are an ex-serviceman or woman and you are facing homelessness.
Have a very Merry Mental Christmas…

Beebs x
If you are STRESSED, just eat loads of sweets and cakes. Why?

Because STRESSED is DESSERTS backwards. :D

So there y'go - a licence to scoff bad sh*t whenever life seems a tad poo.


jen2005 said:
i thought this was a very thoughtful message to post, as i know from experience stress can become a very serious problem
Yep. Those Wives Clubs sure are hell. No sooner have you slated Mrs ????? who isn't there that day, then 'her at Number 24' kicks off.

The first victim of her who's husband didn't deploy....

Ease stress......ban Wives Clubs.

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