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Stress is an internal state, a situation or an event in life that has a great effect in a person’s functioning. It is part of life, the challenge is to successfully adjust and regain equilibrium. Triggers might be perceived in a wide range of events from minor to major, such as:

  • Daily annoyances
  • Pressures at home or on the job
  • Marriage issues or conflicts
  • Emergencies
  • Accidents
  • Health related issues

 Even though stress is often associated with negative events, positive life changes can also be a source of stress, for example:

  • The birth of a newborn
  • Graduations
  • Job promotions

It is impossible to say how much stress is too much. Similar amounts and types of stress can lead to different responses in each person. Such responses are usually determined by the person’s character, temperament, current situation in life, adaptability to change, coping skills, social support and the duration and intensity of the trigger. What is perceived by one person as a simple issue might be a great source of stress to another.

When the stress is too intense to cope, it may present physical and psychological consequences. The most common are:

  • Chronic pain
  • Hypertension
  • Headaches
  • Decreased resistance to infections
  • Psychosomatic illness
  • Impaired cognitive functioning
  • Suicidal ideation or attempt

Salvos Counselling offers trained counsellors who can provide support and strategies to assist you in ways to manage your stress. Stress can be debilitating, seek assistance if your levels of stress remains high.