What is Stress?
Stress is defined as the physical, mental and emotional human response to a particular stimulus, otherwise known as a ‘stressor’.
Stress can be experienced as either negative or positive, depending on our response to a particular stressor and the situation. When we are exposed to mild or moderate stress, and have the perceived resources to deal with it, we can experience improved creativity, learning, efficiency at work and, eventually, a higher level of self-esteem that could lead us to be able to withstand higher stress levels in the future.
Stressors that are beyond our control or beyond our perceived resources may be perceived as unhelpful (negative) stress. All stimulus / stress has an holistic mind-body response…..impacting on and manifesting in physical, emotional and psychological signs and symptoms
Many healthcare students have worries prior to going on clinical placement. Read about the common stressors experienced pre-placement, and learn some tips for dealing with these.
|Title and Link||Description|
|Mind’s guide: How to manage stress||Mind is a charity committed to promoting better mental health. This guide explains what stress is, possible causes, and some coping strategies.|
|RCN’s guide: Managing your stress – A guide for nurses||A guide to managing stress|
|Midwives Online article||An exploration of the factors that cause stress to student midwives in the clinical setting.|
|Stress Management Society Stress test||Calculate your stress score and see how vulnerable you are to stress|
|Physical activity guidelines for adults||Guidance on recommended levels of activity and how to achieve them|
|How to sleep when stressed||Tips for dealing with insomnia|
|Mindfulness||A campaign raising awareness of mindfulness meditation by the Mental Health Foundation.|
|Mental Health Foundation:||Podcasts to download or subscribe to from ITunes re: wellbeing including sleep, relaxation, mindfulness &-amp; activity|
|Mental Health Foundation||10 ways to look after your mental health|
|Mindfulness online: an evaluation of the feasibility of a web-based mindfulness course for stress, anxiety and depression||Research from the University of Oxford|
|Food and Mood||Fact sheet from The British Dietetic Association|
|Critical Reflection||A University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences RLO introducing critical reflection models|