Stress is what we have when life gives us challenges.  Stress comes in all shapes and sizes.

Major life events or changes can cause stress – serious illness, divorce, death of a family member, menopause.

Sometimes even happy events like having a baby or getting married can be stressful

Daily hassles like car trouble, rude people, fights with partner, traffic jams, bad weather, home repairs, arranging childcare, housework, loud children that happen on a regular basis can be stressful.

Dealing with many hassles can weigh you down and wear you out as much as one large stressor. Knowing your stressors is an important step in finding ways to deal with them. Figuring out what areas of your life are the most stressful, helps to deal with your stress better. Talk to a friend or family member – sharing your thoughts help reduce stress.

For help contact LIFELINE 13 11 14 or BEYOND BLUE 1300 22 4636.