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The idea is for you to understand more about the health area you are addressing before you get too far building your action plan.
Stress can be defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain. Stress is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action, particularly harmful situations – whether real or perceived. When you feel threatened a chemical reaction happens in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury or harm. This is called a ‘flight or fight’ response and your heart rate increases,breathing speeds up, muscles tighten ready for action and blood pressure rises.
Everyone experiences stress to some degree. The way you respond to stress, however, makes a big difference to your overall well-being.
WebMD say: Stress affects us all. You may notice symptoms of stress when disciplining your kids, during busy times at work, when managing your finances, or when coping with a challenging relationship. Stress is everywhere. And while a little stress is OK — some stress is actually beneficial — too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically.
It’s sometimes difficult to work out whether stress is the result of problems or actually the cause of them!
Stress is closely linked to your mental health:
If you’re not careful, this can turn into a Vicious Circle.
There is information available which will help you formulate your action plan – both on our site and on external sites.
StressDrive is about understanding what stress is. it shows you how to manage stress and helps you understand yourself more and the specific causes of stress.
ChangeDrive is a must read. It identifies the type of person you are, your attitude to change and your history to demonstrate whether you are a real change agent or a procrastinator.
Stress is a long term killer but you can do something about it.
Click on the link below to see what ten steps you can take to reduce stress levels.
Stress often is identified as mood. Why not take a mood test from the NHS and if you identify your issues place them into an action plan
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In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.
You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).
The ways you can take a questionnaire:
You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.
You will see our questionnaire first, possibly followed by a tab which may contain a second questionnaire (see above). If you scroll down you will see links to external questionnaire(s) or downloads if there are any. Scroll down until you get to the right place for you!
The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) is the most widely used psychological instrument for measuring the perception of stress. It is a measure of the degree to which situations in one’s life are appraised as stressful. Items were designed to tap how unpredictable, uncontrollable, and overloaded respondents find their lives. The scale also includes a number of direct queries about current levels of experienced stress. The PSS was designed for use in community samples with at least a junior high school education. The items are easy to understand, and the response alternatives are simple to grasp. Moreover, the questions are of a general nature and hence are relatively free of content specific to any subpopulation group. The questions in the PSS ask about feelings and thoughts during the last month. In each case, respondents are asked how often they felt a certain way.
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Times of change can be a challenge, no doubt! Whether it’s a relationship breakup, job loss, or being diagnosed with a serious health issue. Or you may WANT things to be different, but it feels a little scary or overwhelming. The butterfly reminds us change can be beautiful, even necessary, in order to realize our full potential and live our best life.