Stress Awareness Month
Tense shoulders? Headaches? Gritting your teeth? Tense jaw? Feeling overwhelmed? Feeling helpless?
If this all sounds painfully familiar, you’re not alone. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
We’re a stressed out nation!
At Muslim Youth Helpline we receive enquiries about lots of different types of stress. Causes of stress include exams, work, family issues, addictions, friendship issues, work/life balance, and health issues. These all cause the symptoms that many of us are familiar with: tense shoulders, headaches, more frequent colds and an immune system that feels like it needs a boost.
Recognising stress is the first step to getting through it. Can you recognise the Causes, Symptoms and Coping Behaviours in the following two case studies?
All client case studies are anonymised.
Adam, 24, contacted us because he was experiencing anxiety attacks and sometimes felt like he couldn’t breathe. Adam’s parents were in the process of divorcing. At the same time, he was having a stressful time at work. After talking through his issues, MYH referred him on to cognitive behaviour therapy in his local area to help him with his anxiety.
Shaheen, 18, contacted us because she had found her first year at university really tough. Exams were coming up, and she had started self harming as a way to cope with the stress and anxiety of not performing as well as she wanted to. Shaheen talked to us every few days through her exam period, and tried to find some new coping strategies. She said she felt like she couldn’t do without self harm this year, but hopes to find another coping mechanism before exams come round again.
So what’s a better way to cope with stress?
April is Stress Awareness Month. Look out for lots of stress management tips, recommendations and information from Muslim Youth Helpline.
If stress is on your mind, please do get in touch.
We’re open every day from 4pm to 10pm and you can get in touch right here.