The demands that
trigger stress can come from different sources, including the environment (e.g.
a storm, very hot or very cold weather), social factors (e.g. having lots of
social activities on), physical symptoms (e.g. having a cold or headache) and
from our thoughts (e.g. thinking “I cannot cope with any of this”). Stress can
also come from minor hassles in our life (e.g. being late for an appointment
because you missed your train) as well as from major life changes (e.g. moving
house or a relationship breakup).
As well as feeling
distressed or upset, there are a number of signs that a person is stressed.
These can vary for different people and situations, but might include feeling
on edge, hyperactive, irritable or angry; experiencing headaches and tight
muscles; feeling extra tired, and having difficulty sleeping.
Stress is not a diagnosable mental health
disorder; rather it is a symptom of difficulties with coping, but it can be
related to other mental health conditions.