Monday, 14 May 2018

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENEESS WEEK 2018 WITH I'M NOT DISORDERED | POST ONE | MY THOUGHTS ON STRESS


https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
STRESS
(noun)

pressure or tension exerted on a material object.

"the distribution of stress is uniform across the bar"

a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.

"he's obviously under a lot of stress"

synonyms:
trouble, difficulty, distress, trauma, suffering, pain, grief;
informalhassle
"he's obviously under a lot of stress"
antonyms:
Relaxation

o    something that causes a state of strain or tension.

plural noun: stresses

"the stresses and strains of public life"




Yes, I know; I cheated and copy and pasted the definition from Google, but I thought it might be nice to have the official one alongside my own idea of stress…




To me, stress is something that can both motivate you, or break you. Some people, live off stress. They get a kick out of it. For some, stress is a sort of adrenaline that keeps them going – keeps them sane. I think that I have a part of this in me; when I was planning my Mental Health Awareness Week and the events and meetings I was going to attend, I got a buzz from how much I have going on! Sometimes I just love it! I love what I do so I guess being able to do it at something as huge as events go hand in hand! I was talking to Victoria McGrath the other day and told her that MHAW is basically my version of what Fashion Week is to her - a lot of stress and rushing around in high heels!


For others – also like me, stress can be a debilitating factor to someone’s mental health state. Taking on too much work or accepting a lot of responsibilities at once can really drag my mood down and increase my hallucinations. In Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, hallucinations are often caused by traumatic life events but are made worse by stress and other difficulties in day-to-day life. That my hallucinations can influence my need to self-harm or my suicidal thoughts, it’s even more essential that I learn how to manage my levels of stress; recognise when I’m overly stressed and find the ability to say no to further responsibilities or work requests.


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You could also download the self help guide for stress from Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust for free, here: https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/