Understanding stress

Understand what “stress” really means

Stress is something which we will all experience at different times in our lives. It will occur when we perceive that we are experiencing levels of pressure that we find difficult to cope with (ie either too much or too little pressure). A certain level of pressure, or challenge, is necessary to enable us to get the most out of life, but pressure should not be confused with stress. Stress, mismanaged, can cause both mental and physical illness.

Some common causes of stress

  • Bereavement.

  • Serious illness of a loved one.

  • Moving house.

  • Excessive workload.

  • Loneliness.

  • Financial worries.

  • Home/work conflicts.

  • Boredom.

  • Relationship problems.

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