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You might think that you’re coping admirably with modern day challenges, and that any mood swings or irritability on your part have more to do with the incompetence of others than your own stress levels. You may, of course, be right. But you may also just be under more stress than you realise.

Short-term (acute) stress can keep you awake at night and make you feel irritable and edgy. High stress levels over a long period of time (chronic stress) can cause serious health problems such as high blood pressure, and it can weaken your immune system and make it difficult for your body to fight disease. Stress is linked to health conditions such as depression, heart disease, and asthma.

Experts rate the following events as being the most stressful things that people undergo. If you have experienced some of them in the past year, you could be at risk of developing a range of stress-related problems:

Take stock of your stress risks. Don’t ignore them. Remember, it is normal to experience stress – we all do – but dealing with it well is the key to good mental and physical health.

What Are Some Ways to Master Stress?

The first step to dealing with stress is to acknowledge it. If you have been through some of the life-changing events above, it may help to know that they are major stressors – factors that cause stress – for everyone. Here are some useful tips that may be helpful in mastering stress:

If these stress management techniques do not work for you, there are professional individuals such as  social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists who can help. Scheduling time with one of these mental health professionals is often helpful in learning stress management strategies, including relaxation techniques.

Resources: Australian Corporate Wellness Online Portal: Healthlogix

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