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"Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?"

Dale Carnegie
1888-1955, Author and Trainer

Having some pressure and challenges in your life is normal and healthy, but too much stress can be damaging.

Stress affects virtually everyone at some time in their life. As well as the emotional and psychological disruption it causes, stress-related medical problems are becoming increasingly common.

In today’s fast-paced world, work and personal demands on our time are unavoidable. Dealing with day-to-day stress is a norm and although a certain amount of stress will trigger our body’s “fight-or-flight” response to give us the extra ‘energy’ we need to flee or defend ourselves against danger (in today’s world for example, caring for a sick child or sealing that business deal), too much (as with most things) can cause health problems, impair performance and creativity. 

Stress is one of the main factors contributing to the state of your health (along with physical and nutritional balance and wellbeing).  It is estimated that up to 90% of visits to primary health care providers are due to stress-related ailments.

What causes stress?

Stress causes can be divided into three broad categories²:

  • Frustrations – Frustrations are obstacles that prevent you from meeting your needs or achieving personal goals.
  • Conflicts – Stressors involving two or more incompatible needs or goals are known as conflicts. 
  • Pressures – Stress can stem from the expectations of others or the demands you place on yourself.

Many things (or the anticipation of them) can lead to stress:

  • Pressure to perform at work, at school or in sports
  • Threats of physical violence 
  • Money worries 
  • Arguments 
  • Family conflicts 
  • Divorce 
  • Bereavement 
  • Unemployment 
  • Moving house 
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

Sometimes, there is no particular reason for developing stress, or it arises out of a series of minor irritations.1

1 - UK



Back to Health Corner

Pay attention to your eating habits over the course of this week and pinpoint the times you snack the most, crave sugary foods or caffeine.

Is it always the same time?
Is it worse when you are stressed, bored?
Do you reward yourself with food? Eg/ chocolate.
Do you ‘have’ to buy that muffin every time you walk past your coffee shop on the way to work.

It takes 2 – 3 weeks to break OR make a habit. However, you must identify what is holding you back first; Find what is ‘your’ driver or motivation and use this to push you through for the next few weeks. Every day is a success!