7 November – National Stress Awareness Day

“It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it” –  Hans Selye

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the effects of psychological distress in the workplace and of the many coping strategies and sources of help available.

What is stress and why is it important?

Stress is our body’s response to adverse or demanding circumstances.  A certain amount of stress can be a positive thing.  It can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do well.  However, if it becomes overwhelming it can cause emotional exhaustion and physical illness which may impact on your work, relationships, families, and every aspect of life.

If you have some of the following symptoms, it could be an indicator that you are suffering from stress:

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Finding it difficult to make simple decisions
  • Lapses in memory
  • Becoming rather vague
  • Easily distracted
  • Worrying
  • Negative thinking
  • Low mood
  • Anxiety