There's no medical definition of stress, and health care professionals often disagree over whether stress is the cause of problems or the result of them. This can make it difficult for you to work out what causes your feelings of stress, or how to deal with them. But whatever your personal definition of stress is, it's likely that you can learn to manage your stress better by:

  • managing external pressures,so stressful situations don't seem to happen to you quite so often
  • developing your emotional resilience,so you're better at coping with tough situations when they do happen and don't feel quite so stressed

Mind have some very useful tips/information and guides all of which can be accessed here

Here are the details of other organisations that may be able to help

Anxiety UK  anxietyuk.org.uk

08444 775 774 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–5.30pm)
anxietyuk.org.uk

Be Mindful   bemindful.co.uk

Information about mindfulness and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR).

Big White Wall   bigwhitewall.com

An online community of people who are finding it hard to cope. It’s completely anonymous so you can express yourself openly.

Health and Safety Executive   hse.gov.uk/stress

Information about health and safety law in the workplace. Specialist information on stress for employers and employees.

Mind Tools   mindtools.com

Information on topics including stress management and assertiveness.

NHS Choices   nhs.co.uk

Information and tips on managing stress in the workplace.

Samaritans    samaritans.org

[email protected]

116 123 (24 hours a day)

Stress Management Society stress.org.uk 

Information about stress and tips on how to cope

Stressbusting

stressbusting.co.uk

Information about stress and techniques for coping. Lists several talking treatments and alternative therapies that can be used to treat stress.