Barry D Cooper BSc DipCHP HPD AdvDPLT MNCH(Acc) MBPsS

NSAD 2011: The Signs of Stress

Today, 2 November 2011, is National Stress Awareness Day, organised by the International Stress Management Association UK. I am an Approved Stress Adviser for the day. Full details are available here:

http://www.isma.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-day/

How do you know if you’re stressed? Here are ISMA’s suggestions for identifying the signs of stress:

Psychological & Emotional signs

  • Poor concentration
  • Feeling out of control
  • Tearful / Irritable
  • Anger / Guilt
  • Mood swings
  • Forgetful
  • Worrying
  • Low confidence
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Poor decisions

Physical signs

  • Muscle tension
  • Frequent colds
  • Skin problems
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion / IBS
  • Heartburn
  • Weight loss or gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems

Behavioural signs

  • No time for relaxation
  • Accident prone
  • Workaholic
  • Poor time management
  • Change in appearance
  • Withdrawn
  • Relationship problems
  • Insomnia
  • Increase in e.g. alcohol/smoking

If you recognise yourself in this list, I’d be pleased to help!