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International stress awareness week

Let’s Talk About Stress Sally Larkin Green

Let’s talk about stress and all it can do,

From ailments to headaches when I’m feeling blue,

The tears start to fall yet an anger remains,

I whine and I grumble, nag and complain.

Too many situations that stress me each day,

Too many circumstances make me shriek in dismay,

Too many people inflaming my rage,

Too many curse words to fit on this page.

Too few occasions to sit back and relax,

Too many moments that fall through the cracks,

Too much uncertainty and not enough time,

Too many fall downs and not enough climbs.

Stress comes in so many forms and is the body's reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. It's very common and can be motivating to help us achieve things in our daily life, and can help us meet the demands of home, work and family life. However, too much stress can affect our mood, body and relationships and make us irritable and affect our self-esteem. There are many ways to alleviate this, such as: try splitting up big tasks, think positively, be active, plan ahead, talk to someone and challenge unhelpful thoughts. From the 4th to 8th November the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) are promoting the theme of Resilience – The Power to Succeed.

"Don’t let your ears witness what your eyes didn’t see, don’t let your mouth speak what your heart doesn’t feel".

Hazel Shirley "Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another". William James


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