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Caring can be stressful. If you are struggling with stress find out more about what causes it, how to deal with it and when to get help with stress.

About stress

Stress causes physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats or difficulties.

You may notice that your heart pounds, your breathing quickens, your muscles tense, and you start to sweat. This is sometimes known as the fight or flight response.

Once the threat or difficulty passes, these physical effects usually fade. But if you're constantly stressed, your body stays in a state of high alert and you may develop stress-related symptoms.

Find out more about the symptoms of stress and how to deal with them on NHS Choices.

When to get help for stress

If you are worried about stress  talk to your GP to find out what support is available.  it is a good idea to tell them you are a carer.

You can also refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service.

Find out more about when to get help with stress on NHS Choices.

Other sources of support around managing stress

You can also get in touch with your local carer service to see what support they can offer. Some carer services offer regular groups or short courses to help you reduce your stress and anxiety. They will also be able to help you find other support nearby.

Mind also has a lot of information about how to manage stress including a video  called 8 relaxation tips.

Next update due: December 2019