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 resilienceso 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

08444 775 774 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–5.30pm)

Be Mindful

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

Big White Wall

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

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

Mind Tools

Information on topics including stress management and assertiveness.

NHS Choices

Information and tips on managing stress in the workplace.


[email protected]

116 123 (24 hours a day)

Stress Management Society 

Information about stress and tips on how to cope


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