According to the mental health charity MIND, stress “…is how we react when we feel under pressure or threatened. It usually happens when we are in a situation we don’t feel we can manage or control.” Most people will recognise this definition because while there are a lucky few who rarely get stressed, the vast majority of us do. Getting stressed is normal, not a sign of weakness or something to blame ourselves for. However, while stress is a common emotion, we experience it uniquely. What stresses me out might leave you feeling calm, while what sends you into an emotional spin might not trouble me at all. The crucial thing is that we understand our relationship with stress, where it comes from and what we can do about it.
A lot of stress results not from original causes but our responses to them, which is why effective stress management is so important. In this blog, Effective stress management in six easy steps, I will provide you with a toolbox of ideas, techniques and strategies that can equip you with the ability to manage and control even the most challenging circumstances.