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Stress is the way you feel when you are under abnormal pressure. Excessive or prolonged stress can lead to illness and physical and emotional exhaustion.


All sorts of situations can cause stress. The most common involve work, money matters and relationships with partners, children or other family members. Stress can be caused either by major upheavals such as divorce, unemployment, moving house and bereavement or by a series of minor irritations such as feeling undervalued at work or dealing with difficult children. Sometimes there are no obvious causes.

Signs & Symptoms

Physical changes:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • indigestion
  • quick breathing
  • perspiration
  • palpitations
  • various aches and pains.

Emotional changes:

  • anxiety
  • fear
  • anger
  • frustration
  • depression.

Behavioural changes:

  • withdrawn
  • indecisive
  • inflexible
  • irritable
  • tearful.


  • Take time out when you start feeling upset or angry.
  • Relax your muscles and calm yourself down with deep, slow breathing.
  • Sort out those stressors that are within your control.
  • Cut down on smoking and drinking.
  • Exercise is very effective in relieving stress.
  • Take time to relax.
  • Bring some fun into your life.


Treatments for stress include self-help techniques, counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, anger management and support groups.

MomConnect and NurseConnect Statistics

MomConnect figures 03/09/2017
1 Cumulative total of public subscriptions using the code: *134*550# 364 860
2 Cumulative total of CHW identified subscriptions using the code *134*550*3# 36 121
3 Cumulative total of clinic registrations using the code: *134*550*2# 1 530 990
4 Cumulative total of facilities with at least one registration 4 648
5 Total number of unique cellphone numbers 1 770 988
6 Total number of opt outs received 144 660

NurseConnect figures 03/09/2017
1 Total Registrations 19 254
1.1 National 9
1.2 Province 1,090
1.3 Facility 18 155
2 Facilities with at least one registration 2 935
3 Total Number of Opt-outs 411