Chapter 10

Stress less

How to distinguish good stress from bad stress – and not let the stress demons take over


The term ‘stress’ was coined by Dr Hans Selye in the 1930s.1 Think for a moment about what ‘stress’ means to you and how you would define it. A simple definition might be that it is a state of mental tension or emotional strain that results from a difficult or demanding situation.

We’re going to start this chapter with a very quick exercise to give ourselves a baseline of understanding. It’s a word that most of us use, but often in quite different ways.

Exercise 10.1: Interpreting Stress

A few questions for you to think about ...

Get Unlock You now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.