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Stress, depression and anxiety can lead to millions of lost working days. Stress can be both positive and negative. Some pressures and challenges are good as they can help us to work more effectively but negative stress such as undue pressure, overwork or difficult working conditions can affect our wellbeing and cause illness. Challenging events themselves are not the root cause of stress; it is the way that we see and think about the event or challenge that leads to feeling stressed.

Work-related: Stress is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as:

‘The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed upon them’.

We all deal with and respond to ‘stressors’ in very different ways and our reactions and strategies for responding to them will vary greatly. Some helpful strategies to deal with stress are:

• Taking more exercise or going for a walk.
• Taking time out for yourself.
• Doing something that you enjoy.
• Taking a deep breath.
• Counting down slowly in your head.
• Removing yourself from a situation and taking time out.
• Talking through how you feel with your line manager.
• Attending any stress management courses or workshops available.
• Engaging in relaxing activities whilst away from work.
• Looking at your diet and substance intake, for example, caffeine, and managing a sensible intake.
• Undertaking self-awareness activities;
• Talking through your stresses with a counsellor.
• And finally, Talking to a human resources advisor or occupational health advisor (if available in your organisation).

Think about the events and situations that tend to cause you to feel stressed. It is very important to be aware of these so that you can develop positive ways of coping and managing stress. Sometimes it might not be possible to remove the thing that causes stress but if you develop ways of coping then you are able to take the time to look after yourself so that the stress does not have too much of a negative impact on your health and well-being. Managing stress well will reduce the negative effects on others including the individuals you care for, your colleagues, family and friends.