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:

·         Situations or events that put pressure on us – for example, times where we have lots to do and think about, or don't have much control over what happens.

·         Our reaction to being placed under pressure – the feelings we get when we have demands placed on us that we find difficult to cope with.

It's overwhelming. Sometimes you can't see beyond the thick fog of stress.

There's no medical definition of stress, and health care professionals often disagree over whether stress is the cause of problems or the result of them. This can make it difficult for you to work out what causes your feelings of stress, or how to deal with them. But whatever your personal definition of stress is, it's likely that you can learn to manage your stress better by:

·         managing external pressures, so stressful situations don't seem to happen to you quite so often

·         developing your emotional resilience, so you're better at coping with tough situations when they do happen and don't feel quite so stressed


For further information, click the following link to the MIND website to find tips about how to recognise and manage stress  - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/stress/#.WsMmdk1lLmI

Alternatively you can contact the MIND Helpline on 0300 123 3393 or text 86463.


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Here are some links to further support…


Anxiety UK

08444 775 774 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–5.30pm)
Advice and support for people living with anxiety.


Be Mindful


Information about mindfulness and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR). Guidance on how to learn mindfulness, including course listings.


Big White Wall


An online community of people who are finding it hard to cope. It’s completely anonymous so you can express yourself openly.


Health and Safety Executive


Information about health and safety law in the workplace. Specialist information on stress for employers and employees.


International Stress Management Association


Lists stress practitioners by specialist area.


Mind Tools


Information on topics including stress management and assertiveness.

NHS Choices


Information and tips on managing stress in the workplace.



116 123 (24 hours a day)
Chris PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk. Calls are free from all providers and do not appear on bills.


Stress Management Society


Information about stress and tips on how to cope.


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