Stress Assessment

Below is a list of questions to help you assess if you are stressed.  It’s important not to let your stress get out of control, as this could lead to both physical and mental health issues, work-related stress and relationship problems. 

  • Do you regularly feel you are walking on eggshells?                                                                                                       
  • Are you regularly impatient, or in a constant hurry?
  • Do you often feel restless and tense?
  • Are you anxious, even when there is no reason to be?
  • Do you experience physical aches and pains which you cannot explain and your doctor cannot help you with?
  • Are your muscles tight or tense?
  • Is your body stiff?
  • How are your important relationships going?
  • Are you having trouble with motivation, concentration, focusing, listening and reacting?
  • Are you just not interested anymore? 
  • Are you having trouble managing your daily responsibilities and relationships?
  • Can you sleep when you go to bed?                                                                                                                                
  • Do you sleep through the night – a full 7-8 hours or less?                                            
  • Are your eating habits healthy? Are you emotionally eating and/or binge eating during the night?
  • Are you putting on weight? 
  • Are you overdoing it with alcohol consumption to relax? 
  • Can you spot your signs and symptoms of stress before they get out of hand?
  • Are people avoiding you? 
  • Do you have stressful thoughts; thoughts that upset you and keep you from enjoying your life?
  • Can you deal with negative thoughts and behaviours healthily?
  • Can you create mind space, so you can focus on the important things and people in your life?
  • Do you know which is more stressful for you, your work life or your home life?
  • Can you focus on becoming more physically and mentally healthy?
  • Can you focus on and cope well with pressure at home and work?
  • Would you like to develop personalised stress relief strategies that fit with your daily routine and work every time?   

    General signs and symptoms of stress

    1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain                   
    2. Gritting, grinding teeth
    3. Stuttering or stammering                    
    4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
    5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
    6. Light-headedness 
    7. Ringing, buzzing or popping sounds
    8. Frequent blushing and sweating
    9. Cold or sweaty hands and feet
    10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing
    11. Rashes, itching, hives
    12. Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks   
    13. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
    14. Constipation and diarrhoea
    15. Panic attacks
    16. High heart rate
    17. Decreased immune system; frequent colds, infections, herpes sores   
    18. High blood pressure
    19. Irregular eating habits; increased or decreased appetite, weight gain or loss without diet.
    20. Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse
    21. Diminished sexual desire or performance
    22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness                                           
    23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility, irritability, edginess, overreaction to petty annoyances
    24. Depression, frequent and/or wild mood swings
    25. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams
    26. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts       
    27. Trouble learning new information
    28. Forgetfulness, disorganisation, confusion
    29. Difficulty in making decisions
    30. Feeling overloaded, overwhelmed and/or disorganised. 
    31. Loss of control
    32. Little interest in appearance, punctuality
    33. Nervous habits; fidgeting, feet tapping.           
    34. Burnout
    35. Reduced work efficiency or productivity
    36. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work                 
    37. Rapid or mumbled speech                                                   
    38. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
    39. Problems in communication, sharing
    40. Social withdrawal and isolation
    41. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue 
    42. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs
    43. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use
    44. Excessive gambling or impulse buying 

    Find time to de-stress

If you find you suffer from a number of the above assessment questions or general signs and symptoms of stress, taking some time away from your current routine and going outdoors to enjoy walking, exercising or just enjoying the views in nature will help you relax and reduce your stress hormone levels. 

Spending time in nature is an easy and cheap form of stress relief.  Walking a few days a week in nature will help you create more mind synergy.   

If you need help in managing and reducing your stress, give a call at 0652898604 or email us at info@mindsynergyint.com to see how we can support you. 

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1) Tenerife   

2) Yorkshire UK   

3) Central Park New York 

4) Volendam The Netherlands