Stress is often described as a feeling of being overloaded, wound-up tight, tense and worried.  We all experience stress at times.  It can sometimes help to motivate us to get a task finished, or perform well.  But stress can also be harmful if we become over-stressed and it interferes with our ability to get on with our normal life for too long.

What are the signs of stress?

  • Headaches, other aches and pains
  • Sleep disturbances, insomnia
  • Upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhoea
  • Anxiety, irritability
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling overwhelmed and out of control
  • Feeling moody, tearful
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low self-esteem, lack of confidence
  • High blood pressure
  • Weakened immune system
  • Heart disease

How to manage stress

  • Identify warning signs and triggers
  • Establish routines
  • Spend time with people who care
  • Look after your health
  • Notice your ‘self-talk’
  • Practise relaxation


Source: The Australian Psychological Society Limited 2015