Recognising Stress

Are you…

Can’t cope?
Can’t be bothered?
Tearful? Can’t sleep?
No time? No energy?
Drinking or smoking more?

Then you may be experiencing stress!

A certain amount of stress is useful to us – it keeps us going, providing us with the stamina to get through stressful situations. But prolonged exposure to stress can be bad for us. Stress is our body preparing to cope with a particular situation.

Some of the things that can cause us stress (stressors) are;  job demands, relationship difficulties, exams, interviews, daily hassles or simply being too busy.  A physical injury or illness can create stress on top of other emotional difficulties.

What is Stress – What Mind say!

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed, but it’s not easy to pin down exactly what stress means. When we say things like “this is stressful” or “I’m stressed”, we might be talking about – click here to read more!

The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale

In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe decided to study whether or not stress contributes to illness. They surveyed more than 5,000 medical patients and asked them to say whether they had experience any of a series of 43 life events in the previous two years.

Access the test here!  To score your stress levels, simply click in the box on the right hand column next to all the events that have happened to you in the last year – your score will automatically update.

How stressed are you?

Stress is part of everyday life and can be beneficial. But high levels over a long period can be seriously bad for our health.

The following test has been created with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for National Stress Awareness Day. It has been designed to help you spot symptoms of stress and find out how well you are coping with the pressure of everyday life.

Go to the BBC News website to complete the test!