There is a difference between stress and pressure. We all experience pressure
on a daily basis, and need it to motivate us and enable us to perform at our
best. It's when we experience too much pressure without the opportunity to
recover that we start to experience stress. The British Health and Safety
Executive (HSE) definition of stress is 'the adverse reaction a person has to
excessive pressure or other types of demand placed upon them'.
We can all feel stressed at times when we feel as though everything becomes too
much, when things get on top of us, or when we feel as though we are unable to
cope. It affects us in different ways at different times and is often the
result of a combination of factors in our personal and working lives.
Work-related stress can be tackled by working with your employer to identify
issues at source and agreeing realistic and workable ways to tackle these.
The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a guide for
employees as a new web-friendly leaflet.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Health & Safety Executive