The online Oxford dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”.
Stress is generally seen as a natural reaction to fear or change that can either have an identifiable source such as illness or from a medical procedure or be a more generalised feeling perhaps due to the environment or social situations.
Some types of stress are viewed positively, but as it can initiate the fight or flight response within us, prolonged exposure can contribute to many medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome and poor control of diabetes.
The effects of stress can also be demonstrated by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development’s (CIPD) 2017 comment … "stress places immense demands on employee's physical and mental health and well -being, impacting their behaviour, performance and relationships with colleagues."
Other effects of stress include:
Stress shows itself in various ways, from an easily identifiable trigger such as a job interview, through more constantly evident generalised symptoms like low self-esteem, to deeper issues such as panic syndrome, phobic responses and depression.
A good understanding of how the stress manifests itself for you will inform the tools and techniques I use to aid stress management. These may include: