The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) formal definition of stress is “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed on them”.
Being under pressure is a normal part of life. It can be a useful drive that helps you take action, feel more energised and get results. But if you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to be a problem for you.
Stress is not an illness, it is a state. However, if stress becomes too excessive or prolonged, mental and physical illness may develop.
The HSE has identified six aspects of work that can lead to stress.
Remember it is normal to experience some of these on occasions - it is how many, how often and how severe that is important.
More guidance can be found at:
Occupational Health Services
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Protection of health at work
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