The Stress Management Society defines stress as: "a situation where demands on a person exceed that person's resources or ability to cope."
That could be me. It could also be any of these people that I have met or spoken to today:
- My niece, who is madly juggling a part-time job and studying for her next university exam.
- A colleague who experienced a bereavement just before Christmas.
- Another colleague who exclaimed: "Windows 8 is evil!" and hurried away to face the next challenging dilemma in his inbox.
- My friend's partner, who (like me is no chef!) had to rustle up a Sunday roast unexpectedly for a house full of visitors.
However, one thing I have discovered about stress is that whilst I might not like it, there are loads of resources out there which can inform and help us:
The Stress Management Society has some useful information on its webpages here.
Deepak Chopra writes a blog called The Unconcious Life, you can read one of his posts on stress here. There is a really interesting section on the "fight or flight" response.
And the mental health charity Mind has some useful information on stress here.
Let us know what de-stresses you. Loud folk music (bring on Seth Lakeman) and exercise does it for me - but we're all different - so share some strategies and maybe help someone else fight their stress.