Stress is not a new concept, but we live in an age which is constantly creating fresh varieties of angst to add to our mental in-tray. Caring doesn't sound like it should be one of those in-tray items. But when we become 'carers' and the demands are persistent, even relentless, then the challenges mount.
It's official; we are all under more stress today than any time in the past 20 years. While some stress can help us to raise our game and strive that little bit harder, too much stress reduces our quality of life, our productivity, and over the long term causes ill health and in extreme cases even death.
Road rage, car rage, plane rage. There seems to be a rage for everything these days! Rarely a week goes by without some report of someone who has 'lost it' as the red mist descended. The reasons are, in my view, twofold; on the one hand our expectations have risen steadily and on the other hand, so have our stress levels.
Do you find yourself checking your work emails on the way home from the office or responding to messages as you're getting into bed? The explosion...