Dealing with stress

To find a way, how to deal with the problem first we need to determine what is stress.

What the stress is?

Stress is defined as a psychophysical response of the organism to the  new, unknown or unusual physical or psychological stimuli.  Typical reactions to stress are:

Stressed people

  • increased heart rate,
  • sweating,
  • trembling hands,
  • aggression,
  • insomnia,
  • inarticulate speech.

Sometimes stress can act even as a mobilizing factor however, its effects on the body for longer time can lead to serious disease, heart attack, insomnia and even major depression.

Psychologists say that stress is an integral part of daily reality. The most stressful situations in people life are:


  • death of somebody close
  • first mortgage
  • house removals
  • divorce
  • seious ilness or injury
  • marriage
  • business relocation or readjustment
  • job firing
  • financial state change

Stress affects our daily behavior and change the way of thinking. Very often it is caused by negative thinking. If we interpret the new situation thinking "Surely I cannot handle it" then there is much less chance for effective action than when we think positively about the same situation. We should avoid nerves but sometimes we cannot eliminate it completely so everoyone should know how to reduce its negative effects.

Relieve stress

There are two basic strategies to cope with stress. The first consists in discharging negative emotions and the other on positive thinking and reduction of stressful situations. There are several proven ways to reduce perceived stress. First of all you need to know your body and mind to be able to know what it wants to tell you. Sport activity improves mood and helps you relax as well as healthy lifestyle. Doing daily things that affect you positively is one way of reducing the level of stress, it may be may be listening to your favorite music, playing with animals, reading books, etc. Everybody has unique ways to boost own mood. Self-acceptance, optimism and self-confidence can only help.


When we talk about relaxing, we are primarily referring to counteract stress. By using relaxation techniques you can decrease your muscle tension, lower blood pressure and calm your mind. There are dozens of ways to relax.  Some of them can be done by yourself without even leaving home:

Listen relaxing music

  • deep breathing,
  • meditation,
  • hot bath or shower,
  • self-massage,
  • good humour and laughing
  • listening to your favourite music

There are a lot of  Manchester relaxing facilities where locals come to chill out. You can go for a long walk through Heaton Park (between Prestwich and Blackley)  or visit bath houses or the nearest swimming pool. For complete relaxation you should think about booking spa session in one of the Greater Manchester resorts where you can  take advantage of such facilities like massage, sauna, aromatherapy,  acupressure, acupuncture  and much more. All that to help you relieve your stress.

Professional help

There is no universal relaxation technique that is useful for everyone so if you cannot find any method that works for you and cannot cope with stress on your own you should find professional help. In Manchester you can get access to free therapy. First you need to ask you consult you’re your GP who should refer you to available therapist for tree on the NHS.

If you can afford private therapy (which may cost up to £100 per one hour session) you can browse internet to find private therapist in Manchester.