“So you mean to tell me a stress ball isn’t for throwing at people who stress you out? “

 

How has your week been? Has it gone smoothly or has it been stressful?
How about your year? Are things going according to plan or do you feel like you don’t know whether you’re coming or going?
That lack of direction can be very stressful especially if, like me, you are someone who likes to be in control.
We all need some form of stress to keep us motivated and creative, but the wrong kind of stress can lead us to become depressed, over-weight and unproductive in our careers and personal lives.
I know that when I feel stressed out, I become short-tempered (angry easily) and I take it out on (treat him badly) my husband. Poor man! 
Not only is it unfair on him, it’s unfair on myself too because I feel bad afterwards and  the stressful situation is still there. Nothing has changed. All I have done is create bad tension at home.
Some people can deal with or manage stress much more easily than others. Some people have techniques to destress and unwind (relax) from a difficult day at work or a stressful period. 
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Relaxation techniques
They meditate, take regular time off, exercise, take a break from social media and their smartphones.
What do you do to de-stress? What techniques have you found work well for you? I’d love you to share them with me and the EWAT community.
If we all agree that we cannot completely get rid of stress in our lives, we could perhaps learn how to talk about it, and in English too! 
So, how about I share some expressions and idioms you might hear and could use related to stress? 
Remember stress often makes us feel angry so some of these expressions refer to anger, irritability and annoyance whilst others refer to sadness or depression.
Here are the 10 expressions
#1 : Have a lot on your plate
When you have a lot on your plate, it means you have a lot to do and that can cause stress and make you angry for the slightest thing.
#2: Snap someone’s head off
And this could cause you to snap someone’s head off more frequently. In other words, no one can have a decent conversation without you responding in an unreasonably angry way.
Tom: “Sally, did you manage to get that report to the client?”
Sally: “No, I didn’t! What do you take me for? Some kind of robot? Do you know what time I left the office last night?”
Tom: “Ok, I was only asking…there’s no need to snap my head off.”
#3: He/She gets on my nerves
There are some people who you tolerate at work and that’s ok.
However, when you’re truly stressed out and under pressure, those same people can sometimes get on your nerves. In other words, they can really irritate you.
Can you think of anyone?
#4: They drive you crazy
Or maybe they drive you nuts. 
“James is driving me nuts with his persistent messages. If I get one more What’s App message from him, I swear I’ll walk into his office , grab his smartphone and stick it in his coffee!”
Oh, oh someone’s feeling stressed.
#5: “I’ve had it up to here”
When there have been too many demands on your time and you truly can’t cope anymore and you snap. (lose control of your feelings and get angry).
“I’ve had it up to here with Katharine’s demands. She either accepts the situation as it is or she can leave.”
#6: “My head’s about to explode”
“I have been working on this proposal for the last 6 hours. I feel like my head’s about to explode. I need to get out of here.”
#7: “I can’t take it anymore”
“The workload in the last few months has been relentless. I just can’t take it anymore.”
#8: Have a lot on your mind
“I’m sorry I am not much fun this evening. It’s been a long and difficult week and I have a lot on my mind what with the merger and the talk of upcoming redundancies.”
#9: Not feeling yourself
“I want to apologise to everyone for the last few weeks. I know I’ve been in a bad mood and extremely touchy (sensitive) and that’s not normal for me. I hadn’t been feeling myself but things are better.”
#10: “I can’t stand it”.
“I can’t stand it when you arrive at every single meeting 15 minutes late and then spend the whole time scrolling through your phone not paying attention or participating. That’s just rude.”
Wow, that was stressful!
 I think I should go and try and unwind from these negative thoughts now. What do you suggest I do?
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Ciao for now
Shanthi