Recognising the signs & symptoms of stress

stress123rfIn my last blog I encouraged you to monitor the signs of negative stress in yourself and your loved ones.

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
Physical Behavioural Mental Emotional
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:

  • Relax
  • 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?”

A marketing professional turned complementary therapist. First I experienced the fast paced life of both an agency and client side marketing career. Now I am following a life long ambition to work with individuals and help them feel better through relaxing and rebalancing.

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