Stress. It's a funny thing because it manifests itself in many ways and sometimes feeling a bit 'stressed' can be a good thing as it allows you to focus and gets the adrenalin pumping. But like most things, too much of something is ultimately bad for you (and in the case of stress can be very bad indeed). Half a million of us in the UK believe work-related stress is actually affecting their health so this is a common problem which really shouldn't be ignored.
Many years ago I had a bit of a crisis. I dropped out of college and didn't know what I was going to do with my life, and all my friends seemed to have a path to follow while I was just hanging around and visiting the dole office. Not good! But I didn't feel that bad... I wasn't worried (oh the optimism of youth) and was back at home, and had a boyfriend and family who were supportive. I didn't feel stressed but my body told me otherwise. My stress manifested itself in agonising stomach cramps which had me doubled over in pain and could come on at any time. Once I got a job these miraculously disappeared along with my 'hidden' stress.
Stress can go as far as blighting your life or can simply stop you from relaxing properly in your downtime. If you need to relax or have worse symptoms of stress then an AXA PPP healthcare expert is on-hand to give you lots of great advice on stress and anxiety.
Don't suffer in silence and don't leave stress and feelings of anxiety unaddressed as they can take a real toll on your mental and physical health. If you're feeling the strain, Dr Mark Winwood is on hand, providing live and free support in the form on an online chat to anyone with questions on stress from 1pm - 3.30pm on Thursday 28th June (so this Thursday).
He really knows what he's talking about, being the clinical director for psychological health for AXA PPP healthcare's specialist Health Services division. He is a fellow of the British Pychological Society and is accredited by the Health Professional Council and is a chartered scientist - so you'll be in the best of hands.
If you can't make the live chat with AXA PPP's expert, Dr Mark Winwood, then you can leave your questions in the comments below or through Facebook or via Twitter. Alternatively further information is available through the stress and relaxation articles on the be healthy section of the AXA PPP website where there are loads of tips to help you relax and take the stress out of your life.
This is a free service provided by AXA PPP to everyone - not just their customers, and your mental health and wellbeing are worth a few minutes. Take part in the online chat on Thursday 28th June - you really won't regret it.
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