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Stress is the natural response of our body when it senses a potential threat or pressure.

During these moments, our body triggers the release of adrenaline, often known as the “fight or flight” hormone. This hormone is meant to provide us with an extra push or a quick response to the situation.

Nevertheless, an excessive amount of stress can take a toll on our emotional state, physical well-being, and relationships, particularly when we perceive it as beyond our control. Feelings of anxiety and irritability may arise, affecting our self-esteem.

Prolonged exposure to stress or severe stress can result in a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion commonly referred to as “burnout.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from Stress and you feel you need someone to talk to. Please contact our helpline on 0808 115 1505 for confidential support.


  • Irritability, anger, or a tendency to weep
  • Feelings of concern, unease, despair, or apprehension
  • Challenges in decision-making, experience rapid thought patterns, or feel inundated
  • Bodily discomfort, such as gastrointestinal issues, tension headaches, and peculiar muscular sensations
  • Skin-related responses, such as stress-induced rashes or hives
  • Sensations of dizziness, queasiness, or a propensity to faint.

Discover coping strategies

Breathing Exercises

The NHS has a calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic that takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere.