The pace of life now means that people find it extremely difficult to take time out to relax and therefore feel unwell as a result. Stress undoubtedly contributes to a large number of health problems and long term stress is a risk factor for developing life threatening chronic health problems.
So have a think about your life and check you are coping physically and mentally. Can you spot the signs below in you or a loved one?
|Look out for these signs of stress to safeguard against burn out|
|Increased heart rate||Increased smoking||Difficult to concentrate||Overanxious|
|Frequent colds & flu||Increased drinking||Decreased memory||Overwhelmed|
|Weight gain or loss||Aggression e.g. swearing||Confusion||Tearfulness|
|Fatigue||Changes in eating habits||Difficult to make decisions||Irritablility/ Anger|
|Headaches||Changes in sleeping habits||Bad dreams||Impatience|
|Digestive complaints||Nervousness||Decreased libido||Fear|
|Blocked sinuses/ ears||Talking too fast||Inattentiveness||Frustration|
|Sweating/ Cold hands||Nervous tics||Lack of enjoyment in life||Panic attacks|
|Nausea/ Trembling||Increase in obsessions||Increased cynicism||Restless|
If you do spot a number of these signs, it’s important to take a pro-active step towards safeguarding yourself against burn-out.
Make time to:
- Eat well
- Start to think about the causes of your negative stress
Encourage loved ones to do the same.
My next few blog posts will cover this in more detail.
Everyone has different stress threshold, but I encourage you to seek further help if you experience the following:
- Life no longer feels enjoyable – it is a constant struggle and you don’t want to do things you usually enjoy.
- Irritability/anger/frustration/tears are present every day and are affecting your relationships and social life.
- Alcohol or cigarette intake has increased radically.
- Feelings of self-loathing develop and lack of self-worth
- Physical symptoms such as chest pains, inability to swallow food, weight loss, rapid/ erratic pulse
Remember, stress affects us all and by recognising where our individual stresses comes from, and then following some simple tips you will feel better.
Look out for my next blog about “What causes your negative stress?”