The amount of stress we feel in different situations can depend on:
•our perception of the situation – this might be connected to our past experiences, our self-esteem, and how our thought processes work (for example, if we tend to interpret things positively or negatively)
•how skilled we are at dealing with pressure
•our emotional resilience to stressful situations

We're all different, so a situation that doesn't bother you at all might cause someone else a lot of stress. For example, if you're feeling confident or usually enjoy public speaking, you might find that giving a speech in front of people feels comfortable and fun. But if you're feeling low or ususally prefer not to be the centre of attention, this situation might cause you to experience signs of stress.

What kind of situations can cause stress?

Common life events which often cause a lot of stress include:


•illness or injury
•pregnancy and becoming a parent
 •long-term health problems
•organising a complicated event, like a family holiday
Friends and family

•getting married or civil partnered
•going through a break-up or getting divorced
 •difficult relationships with parents, siblings, friends or children
•being a carer for a friend or relative who needs lots of support
Employment and study

•losing your job
•long-term unemployment
 •exams and deadlines
•difficult issues at work
•starting a new job

•poor housing conditions
•moving house
 •problems with neighbours

•worries about money or benefits