TALKING ABOUT STRESS: USEFUL EXPRESSIONS AND IDIOMS
Stress is something we have all faced at a certain point in our lives. While stressful situations can be harmful, sometimes it can give us the motivation and excitement we need to achieve our goals. By learning some popular idioms and phrases here, you will be able to speak about stress in English.
In order to speak about the feeling of being stressed, you can use these phrases: be stressed out (If you are stressed out, you are very tense and anxious because of difficulties in your life) or be wound up (If you are wound up, you are very tense and nervous or angry).
- I was too wound up to sleep.
- She said she was feeling tired and stressed out.
These expressions are used in informal situations. For being more formal, you can say you are under a lot of pressure/stress (If you are under stress or pressure, you feel worried and tense because of difficulties in your life.).
- Refugees were under a lot of pressure.
Your stress can have different reasons. You can say something that stresses you out (It means it makes you so worried or nervous that they cannot relax)
- Working too much always stresses me out.
Usually, too much work is a popular source of stress. When you have a lot to do, you can say: you are snowed under (to weigh down or overwhelm with work) or you are up to your ears in work (deeply involved in work). If you think you work too much, you can say: you are overworked (you work too hard, and are likely to become very tired or ill.) or you doing/working overtime (to work very hard).
Having a lot of stress can damage your life, then you just need to go somewhere and relax (If you relax or if something relaxes you, you feel more calm and less worried or tense.), de-stress (If you de-stress or if something de-stresses you, you do something that helps you to relax.) or wind down (If you wind down, you relax after doing something that has made you feel tired or tense.)
- I need to relax and stop worrying about my work.
- I take my time fishing because it’s how I de-stress.
- I regularly have a drink to wind down.
After relaxing, you can say: you feel de-stressed or calm (A calm person does not show or feel any worry).
So, how about you? What makes you stressed and what do you do to relax again?
Now you are familiar with some top expressions about stress. Then you can tell your friends what makes you stressed and what do you do to calm down?
Definition of expressions and idioms and examples are from the Collins English Dictionary.