Drop the Pressure is a new campaign from CABA designed to raise awareness of pressure and stress among young accountants.

With up to 15 exams to sit, on top of your 'normal' workload, the accountancy industry has one of the most grueling qualification regimes out there. All of this pressure can build up, like a steam cooker, leaving you feeling stressed and powerless.

To help you find ways of managing this, we've curated a list of awesome resources that you can use to let off some serious steam.

From tips and tricks for alleviating office anxiety, to self-help manuals that will give you a better understanding of your triggers and pressure points, these resources will help you regain control and find a sense of empowerment.

Finding ways to manage your stress is essential. It is also worth addressing the root causes of your stress to try to manage the source rather than just treat the symptoms."

- Richard Jenkins, psychologist and spokesperson for CABA


We all face both pressure and stress in our personal and professional lives.

Pressure is when you feel something is now at stake, you feel there's some jeopardy, based on the results of your performance. Stress is when there are too many demands and you feel overwhelmed or are unable to cope.

Below you'll find a range of resources to help you identify your stress triggers and manage them effectively. Have a read, try them out, and find out what works for you.

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Use our wellbeing booklet any time you start to experience those feelings of stress or pressure building up, or use the space to make your own notes, lists and plans.
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Learning to understand your resilience and taking steps to build it will help you manage stressful situations better. Why not take a few minutes to find out how resilient you are with our short questionnaire.

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We know from our own research that the UK is experiencing a work-related stress epidemic, with 4 in 10 workers close to 'breaking point'.

We also know that accountancy can be one of the most pressurised professions to be in, due to the fast-paced nature of the work and a demanding exam-based qualification regime.

Our Drop the Pressure campaign aims to highlight the pressures and stresses felt by young accountants and to help them find ways to manage.


To highlight the pressures and stress felt by young accountants we created a pop-up booth called 'The Venting Machine', which we piloted in Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf at the end of 2019.

The booth is a sound-proof zone, giving you the chance to let off some steam.

Over the course of the day, a total of 320 people visited the Venting Machine, over half of whom were in the accountancy/finance sector.

Here are the top reasons why they chose to vent on the day:

  • My pay
  • The hours I work
  • My boss
  • My commute
  • The nature of my work

Contact CABA

From time to time we could all use a little help. All of our services are free, impartial and strictly confidential.

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Not a member of the ICAEW chartered accountant community?

Whilst CABA's support is for ACA students and ICAEW members, we've also put together some resources for support that everyone is able to access:



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