coping with stress

Stress can creep up on us when we least expect it and leave a lasting impact. Use our advice to help notice stress and what you can do when it appears.

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What does it really mean when we say we’re feeling stressed? There’s no medical definition of stress. Healthcare professionals often disagree on if stress causes problems, or if it’s the result of them. 

Because of this, everyone defines stress slightly differently. But there are some similarities. It may stem from a situation or an event that adds pressure, like when we have lots to do, or think about. 

Or we may feel stressed when we don’t feel in control of a situation. It could also be our reaction to being put under pressure – those feelings we get when challenging demands are placed on us.

In this section, you’ll find advice on how to deal with stress – whatever its cause and consequences.

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what causes stress and what are the physical signs?

What does stress feel like? There are many more physical symptoms to stress than a lot of people realise. Here’s how to identify them, and what to do when they appear.

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how to spot the tell-tale signs of stress

Stress can affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally. It can impact our health, productivity, and relationships. It’s much further reaching than we think. Here’s how to identify stress in yourself and others.

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stress and pressure in the workplace

Work is a common source of stress for everyone. But why? What causes it? And what can you do to cope with work-related stress before it affects the rest of your life?

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supporting a loved one who is stressed or anxious

It can be challenging to know how and when to support someone who’s feeling overwhelmed. Here we take a look at how to identify stress in other people, and how you can support them.


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