Key points

  • Stress induces a physiological response in our bodies
  • Stress can leave us unable to focus clearly on the most important tasks
  • We have used four categories of stress; crisis, major life, daily hassles and ambient.
  • Chronic stress can lead to health issues
  • Day-to-day stressors have a greater negative impact on your health than do more traumatic stressors, which tend to have a start and end point
  • Maintaining a work-life balance is hard but worthwhile
  • Shift work can leave you feeling socially isolated and make it harder to balance family time with work time
  • Major life events don’t necessarily increase your stress – sometimes they may decrease it
  • You need to manage your stress as soon as you can after the stressful event – don’t put it off until the weekend.
  • To deal with stress, get some exercise and take some deep breaths.
  • Planning and task prioritisation are your keys to managing inflight stressful situations
  • Keep an eye out for the signs of stress in others – and yourself.