Explains what stress is, what might cause it and how it can affect you. Includes information about ways you can help yourself and how to get support.
Treatment for stress
There are no specific treatments for stress. But there are treatments for some of the signs and symptoms of stress. These might help if you are finding it difficult to manage stress yourself.
This page covers:
Your GP might be helpful to speak to if:
- You are experiencing a lot of stress.
- You have felt stressed for a long time.
- Your feelings of stress are affecting your physical or mental health.
If stress is causing you physical health problems, your GP may run some tests to see how they can help manage the symptoms.
Social prescribing is a form of community-based treatment that helps you deal with social issues affecting your health. For example, this might include support for loneliness, money problems or physical activity. It can also help you find activities that improve your wellbeing, such as arts and gardening classes, or volunteering opportunities.
See our page on talking to your GP for tips on how to discuss how you're feeling with your doctor.
Social prescribing helps you find lots of different activities and support in your local community that can help you turn things around.
There is no specific medication for stress. But there are medications that can help reduce or manage some of the signs and symptoms of stress.
For example, your doctor might offer to prescribe:
Talking with a trained professional could help you find ways to deal with stress. And it can help you become more aware of your own thoughts and feelings.
You might also find talking therapies helpful if your stress has caused other mental health problems.
There are lots of different talking therapies. Some of them may help you. But not all of them will be suitable for your situation. Our pages on talking therapy and counselling have lots more information about different types of therapy.
Not all areas of England and Wales will offer talking therapy for stress on the NHS. You might need to ask your doctor what is available near you.
You may find certain complementary and alternative therapies helpful in treating signs and symptoms of stress. This may include:
- Some herbal remedies and cannabis-based medicines
- Tai Chi
- Yoga and meditation
You can try some of these therapies on your own. Whereas others are usually done as part of a class or one-to-one session.
See our pages on complementary and alternative therapies for more about these therapies, and many others.
Using mindfulness [helps me] to just allow some space to breathe and focus on the present moment.
This information was published in March 2022. We will revise it in 2025.
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