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Stressed Woman


In today’s fast paced and demanding world, stress has become an increasingly common experience for people.

What is stress?

Stress is a normal physical and mental reaction to feeling under pressure, usually by an external event. Stress can be helpful in some circumstances; for example, it can help motivate you to do the revision required for an exam. But when the effects of stress start to interfere with your daily functioning, for example, you are starting to avoid certain things because of stress or you are having difficulty sleeping or eating, it is important to address it before it leads to other problems such as anxiety, burnout or depression.

Common causes of stress

There are many different causes of stress, some common causes of stress include:

  • Workload or problems at work

  • Financial pressures and debt

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Major life changes such as moving house or getting married

  • Health problems or managing a health condition

  • Housing worries

  • Pressure to succeed

  • Getting on the housing ladder/housing difficulties

How can stress affect you?

Physical symptoms


  • Headaches

  • Fatigue or low energy

  • Muscle tension or pain

  • Sweating

  • Nausea

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Digestive problems such as stomach ache, diarrhoea or constipation

  • Increased heart rate or blood pressure

Mental symptoms


  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Racing thoughts or constant worry

  • Feeling overwhelmed or anxious

  • Irritability or mood swings

  • Loss of interest in activities you previously enjoyed

  • Feeling sad or depressed


How do I reduce stress?

The Stress Bucket is a useful way to help you examine the stressors in your life and helps identify the actions you can take to start getting a handle on stress.

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Further reading

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The Stress Bucket

The Stress Bucket metaphor is a useful way of thinking about stressors and how they reduce your capacity to cope. This article explains how to use the Stress Bucket to cope with stress better.

What Keeps Worry Going?

Do you get stuck in worry spirals? In this article we discuss the 3 beliefs that may keep your worry going.


Cope With Anxious Thoughts

It can often feel like we are in a sea of anxious thoughts and worries. This article outlines some simple techniques to help cope with anxiety.

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