What is stress and what causes stress?
Stress is a healthy reaction that is meant to be uncomfortable. It is nature’s way of telling you that something is wrong and that you need to act to put it right..
Common signs of stress are
Irritable, aggressive, impatient or wound up
Anxious, nervous or afraid
Neglected or lonely
Loss of sense of humour
Finding it hard to make decisions
Snapping at people
Unable to concentrate
Eating too much or too little
Smoking or drinking alcohol more than usual
Problems getting to sleep
Tired all the time
Grinding teeth or clenching jaw
High blood pressure
Indigestion or heartburn
Feeling sick, dizzy or fainting
What causes Stress?
Feelings of stress are normally triggered by things happening in our lives which involve being under lots of pressure, facing big changes, worrying about something, not having much control over the outcome of a situation, having responsibilities that we find overwhelming and not having enough work, activities or changes in life.
There might be one big thing causing stress, but a build up of small challenges can also cause stress. This might make it harder for us to identify what’s making us feel stressed.
The amount of stress we feel in different situations can depend on our perception of the situation (this might be connected to our past experiences, our self-esteem, and how our thought process work). It may also depend on how skilled we are at dealing with pressure and our emotional resilience to stressful situation.