Everyone experiences stress, but the triggers can vary from person to person.
Many people report that work causes the most stress in their lives – whether it be a workload that’s too heavy, long hours, poor management, bullying or general work dissatisfaction.
Problems at home, such as financial troubles, relationship issues, a house move, poor health etc, are also powerful stressors.
Stress can also come from within. Many people suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety, fear of change and unrealistic expectations. These are all feelings which impact on mental health and lead to high stress levels.
Stress is mental pressure felt by people as they encounter situations that are overwhelming and/ or difficult.
As well as taking a toll on mental health, stress is draining emotionally and physically. Left unchecked, it can lead to further mental health problems such as depression and anxiety and serious physical problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
What are the physical symptoms of stress?
Relaxation is key to undoing the damage caused by stress. As well as taking the time to do and experience things you truly enjoy, follow some of the relaxation advice below.