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How to get help from outside!

Another way to feel better about your stressful situation is to get help from others. We know it can be hard to admit to having a problem, to be vulnerable and truly honest with people but it really helps. There is nothing to be ashamed of, it is normal to feel stressed and experience uncomfortable situations at work and not only.

The Help Guide also suggests Social Support for Stress Relief. “Close relationships and social connections can be a natural way to manage daily or chronic stress and maintain your mental health and well-being [..] Research shows that people with high levels of social support seem to be more resilient in the face of stressful situations. They also have a lower perception of stress in general and have less of a physiological response to life’s stressors” “Having the love and support of people around you can help mediate even the negative health effects of burnout or ease the psychological distress that comes with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)”.

Whether you’re dealing with chronic stress or day-to-day frustrations, asking for help from others can make you feel better. “When you experience stress your “fight or flight” response is triggered. Chronic stress can keep triggering it, which over time can cause serious health problems. It can impair your immune system, increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, and exacerbate existing problems like depression and memory difficulties. Social interaction can act as a counter to the “fight or flight” response”.

Social support can also have good effects on your general mental health.

How? Here’s a list of reasons, according to Help Guide:

  • Increase happiness

  • Improve physical health Social isolation is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and inflammation. Loneliness can also have a negative effect on your immune system

  • Improve cognitive functioning

  • Ease the pain and loneliness of grief

  • Make you feel understood

  • Offer new perspectives and aid in problem-solving

  • Reinforce healthy habits

  • Add meaning to your life

  • Increase your lifespan

The HSE supports anyone who is responsible for tackling work-related stress in an organization. That might be the person who has responsibility for human resources, a health and safety officer, trade union representatives, or line managers.

They also promote good management practices to help reduce work-related stress. It offers a management standards approach to help employers take sensible and practical steps to minimise stress in the workplace.

You can also ask your GP for help. They can help you analyse the situation and refer you to a specialist if necessary. There are plenty of no-profit organisations and groups that will help you find a solution.

Here’re some names:

  • Healthy Working Lives provides Mentally Healthy Workplace Training

  • The Burnt chef project

  • The HelpGuide

  • The Stress Management Society

  • HSE

  • Samaritans

You are not alone in this battle, reach out for help and help us raise awareness!

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