Introduction to the road to wellbeing

Welcome to the Road to Wellbeing.   It is a self-help resource for managing the stress of everyday life.  It is divided into sections and it is aimed at helping you gain a better understanding of:

  • What stress is
  • The signs and symptoms of stress
  • The sources of stress
  • Alternative ways of dealing with stress

Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives.  It can affect all aspects of our lives and relationships with others, mainly because we haven’t got the time or energy to deal with things or enjoy everyday activities.  Stress can start to build up leading to exhaustion and ill health, which affects our ability to function properly.  The information on the following website pages is designed to help you recognise early signs and symptoms and will help you find ways of dealing with it.

Managing stress should be part of your overall lifestyle and not just an activity to help you handle high levels of stress.

Are you feeling stressed?

Very often we do not recognise or take notice of the fact we are stressed. It is much easier to recognise stress in other people than in ourselves and to ignore our own warning signs of stress overload.

We may also show we are stressed in different ways, or experience feelings or symptoms that are different.

You may like to ask those who know you best if they can tell when you are stressed, and what changes they notice in you.

It can be difficult for us to admit to the stress we experience because many of us think this means we have failed in some way or that we cannot cope.  This is not so, as the first important step in learning to manage our stress is being able to recognise our symptoms when we become over stressed.

In being aware of our symptoms they can become our warning signs which remind us to act early and prevent a build-up of serious problems.

Why are we all so stressed?

  • Missed the bus
  • Can’t pay the bills
  • Feeling lonely
  • Kids have been screaming all day
  • Another row
  • Feel bored
  • Feeling unhappy at work
  • Missed out on another promotion
  • Looking after an elderly or sick relative
  • The car broke down
  • New baby

Just can’t cope – it’s all getting on top of you

  • Aches and pains
  • Moving house
  • Getting married
  • Too many text messages
  • Another all-night party next door
  • Spending too much time on Facebook
  • Nowhere to go
  • Just lost your job
  • Computer is playing up
  • Feeling tired
  • Not enough money
  • Arguing with your partner
  • Increase in financial obligations
  • Too many emails to deal with
  • Working long hours
  • Can’t find your mobile phone
  • Too many things to do and not enough time
  • Long daily commute
  • Credit card debt
  • Starting a new job
  • Feel like a failure