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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Megan - Health Promotion Specialist
April 27, 2018
1 in every 6 workers in Scotland experiences problems related to mental health or stress. Everyone feels stressed or anxious sometimes. It is a normal part of life. But feeling stressed a lot of the time can be bad for your physical and mental health.
Stress at work can be caused by a number of factors, including workload (too much or too little work), concerns around job security, poor relationships at work, and not having a healthy work-life balance. Struggling to manage these stressful situations can lead to anxiety.
How can stress affect me?
Stress can affect how you feel physically and emotionally. It can also affect how you behave, leading to unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol or eating an unhealthy diet, all of which are risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
Physical effects of stress
Emotional effects of stress
Effects on your behaviour
A racing heart rate
Feeling sick or dizzy
A dry mouth
Loss of appetite
Feeling worried or uneasy
Feeling frustrated and irritable
Feeling on edge, unable to relax
Feeling tearful and upset
Feeling angry or aggressive
Feeling isolated or lost
Avoiding people and situations
Not making decisions
Finding life harder than usual
Snapping at people
There are lots of things that you can do yourself to manage your feelings of stress.
Read our updated ‘Living with Stress and Anxiety’ factsheet with information on where to get additional help.
Other helpful websites
SAMH: How to be mentally healthy at work
See Me Scotland: A mentally healthy workplace
***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.