We all experience stress in our lives. In the fast paced world we live in stress has become a part of our daily living and can be positive and motivational.

However when we experience negative stress that is ongoing it can have serious long lasting effects on our health and well being.

Living with a disability

Living with a disability , physical or intellectual affects many areas of a persons well being therefore it is important that your mental health is taken into consideration. There may be times when you feel over whelmed, frustrated and angry. You may feel that others do not understand you, you may feel isolated and not included in things in life that other people take for granted.

It is important to take good care of yourself, both mentally and physically.

Caring for someone who is disabled

Caring for someone can be very stressful for you and effect areas of your life. It is important to recognise when you are becoming over whelmed by stress, here are some common signs to look out for:

  • Feeling sad or moody.

  • Crying more often than you used to.

  • Having a low energy level.

  • Feeling like you don’t have any time to yourself.

  • Having trouble sleeping or not wanting to get out of bed in the morning.

  • Having trouble eating or eating too much.

  • Losing interest in your hobbies or the things you used to do with friends or family.

  • Feeling angry at the person you are caring for

Whether you have a disability or you are a carer or family member you may feel that you need some support in dealing with your emotions. The following resources may offer ways to help you combat stress. Some of the information is designed as self help, meaning you can practice in your own time. Click below and print for a handy resource.

If you are finding the stress too difficult then visit your G.P who may be able to refer you for counselling.

Zebras Charity holds a weekly “ Walk & Talk” group which takes place each Sunday in Enfield. All are welcome to attend.

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