Stress: A Barbour Guide

The NHS defines stress as: the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else.

Barbour Stress GuideMental health charity Mind says that stress isn’t a psychiatric diagnosis, but it’s closely linked to your mental health in two important ways:

  • Stress can cause mental health problems and make existing problems worse. For example, if you often struggle to manage feelings of stress, you might develop a mental health problem like anxiety or depression.
  • Mental health problems can cause stress. You might find coping with the day-to-day symptoms of your mental health problem, as well as potentially needing to manage medication, heath care appointments or treatments, can become extra sources of stress.

Stress, which can sometimes be referred to as pressure or drive can be good for us. It can help us to make decisions, meet deadlines or react in an emergency situation. It can drive us to achieve goals and to thrive. However, when stress is too prolonged or often it can turn into distress and lead us to feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Managing our levels of pressure and identifying stressors (the things that cause stress) is key to keeping stress at an acceptable level.

Many situations can cause or exacerbate stress such as big life changes, whether they be positive – such as moving home or getting married – or negative such as bereavement. Stress can be related to work, family life, relationships, housing, personal issues, or socio-economic issues.

This guide from Barbour EHS features:

  • Symptoms of Stress;
  • Work Related Stress;
  • Seeking Help and Support;
  • Some Tools to Tackle Stress;
  • Mental Health at Work and the Law.

Fill out the form to download Barbour’s free guide and find out more.

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