Work stress

Stress occurs when a person feels they cannot cope with their current demands and pressures. Stress comes from inside ourselves (e.g. wanting to succeed) and from external events (e.g. targets or deadlines). The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates the costs to society of work-related stress to be around £4 billion each year, while 10.8 […]

Emotional health and unemployment

Our sense of identity and purpose can often be linked to the paid work that we do, however many people are now finding it increasingly hard to find or to stay in work. Lack of available work, redundancy, retirement and being unable to work through ill health can all have a negative impact on our […]

Respiratory conditions

Living with a lung condition can be difficult and stressful. As well as having difficult physical symptoms that you must learn to cope with such as breathlessness and coughing, you may also experience more tiredness and may find that you are less active than before your diagnosis. Lung conditions can also affect you in ways […]

Parenting with a mental health difficulty

If you have a child who is affected by mental health issues, it can be very stressful and you may feel out of control at times. However, there are some specific self-help strategies that you can use to reduce your worry and to improve the emotional health of your child. Common mental health issues include […]

Diabetes

There are many issues that people with diabetes have to deal with. People often worry about the self-care regime; resent the pain and monitoring of blood glucose and can feel angry, scared, guilty or anxious. People with diabetes are twice as likely to experience depression as people without diabetes. Anxiety and eating disorders are also […]

Digestive conditions

There are many issues that people who have a chronic digestive condition have to deal with. You can experience many difficulties such as; On-going physical problems and pain such as bloating and discomfort Managing your medication Having to attend regular medical appointments Managing work and social activities, making time for regular breaks to the toilet […]

Anxiety

Anxiety happens when the body perceives a threat and gets ready to fight it or run away (‘fight or flight’ response). The symptoms of anxiety can include difficulty breathing, chest pains, feeling faint, increased heart rate, numbness, headaches, the need to pass urine or empty bowels, nausea, poor concentration, unhelpful thinking, loss of self confidence […]