All parents experience stressful days but when it’s affecting your life, health and wellbeing, it’s important to tackle it as soon as possible!
Even though stress affects everyone differently, there are common signs and symptoms you can look out for.
Signs and symptoms of stress
- Feelings of constant worry or anxiety
- Feelings of being overwhelmed
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings or changes in your mood
- Irritability or having a short temper
- Difficulty relaxing
- Low self-esteem
- Eating more or less than usual
- Changes in your sleeping habits
- Using alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs to relax
- Aches and pains, particularly muscle tension
- Diarrhoea and constipation
- Feelings of nausea or dizziness
- Loss of sex drive
If you’ve recognised that you are experiencing these symptoms and have been for a while, we would advise that you speak to your GP or a health professional. They will be able to provide you more information about the support services and treatments available and help you mange your symptoms.
The Mental Health Foundation offer lots of information about how to manage and reduce stress, which you can read about, here.