Stress Assessment

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It’s important not to let your stress get out of control because it can lead to both physical and mental health issues, work-related stress and relationship problems.

Below are two lists to help you assess if you are stressed. It's impossible to complete these two lists, simply because stress behaviours and signs and symptoms of stress are so diverse. We are all so different, one size will never fit all.

There will always be stressors; people, events and situations in our lives that upset our lives. The best we can do is learn how to manage ourselves in our stress response to ensure the best quality of life for ourselves and our loved ones.

Doing some stress management workshops or coaching and counselling sessions will help you manage your stress better and improve the quality of your life.

Some signs and symptoms of stress

  • Headaches, jaw clenching, grinding teeth
  • Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  • Ringing, buzzing or popping sounds
  • Blushing. Cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth, problems swallowing
  • Rashes, itching, hives
  • Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
  • Constipation and/or diarrhoea
  • Panic attacks
  • High heart rate
  • Hogh blood pressure
  • Irregular eating habits; increased or decreased appetite, weight gain or loss.
  • Diminished sexual desire or performance
  • Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
  • Trouble learning new information. Forgetfulness, disorganisation, confusion
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Burnout
  • Some signs and symptoms of stress

  • Headaches, jaw clenching, grinding teeth
  • Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  • Ringing, buzzing or popping sounds
  • Blushing. Cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth, problems swallowing
  • Rashes, itching, hives
  • Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
  • Constipation and/or diarrhoea
  • Panic attacks
  • High heart rate
  • Hogh blood pressure
  • Irregular eating habits; increased or decreased appetite, weight gain or loss.
  • Diminished sexual desire or performance
  • Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
  • Trouble learning new information. Forgetfulness, disorganisation, confusion
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Burnout
  • Some stress behaviours

  • Are you emotionally eating and/or binge eating during the night? Are you putting on weight?
  • Are you having trouble managing your daily responsibilities and relationships?
  • Can you create mind space so you can focus on the important things and people in your life?
  • Are you having trouble with motivation, concentration, focusing, listening and reacting?
  • Would you like to develop personalised stress relief strategies that fit with your daily routine and work every time?
  • Can you deal with negative thoughts and behaviours in a healthy way?
  • How are your important relationships going?
  • Are your muscles tight or tense? Is your body stiff?
  • Are you just not interested anymore?
  • Do you sleep through the night; a full 7-8 hours or less?
  • Do you regularly feel you are walking on eggshells?
  • Some stress behaviours continued

  • Do you have stressful thoughts that upset you and keep you from enjoying your life?
  • Do you know which is more stressful for you, your work-life or your home life?
  • Do you experience physical aches and pains which you cannot explain and your doctor cannot help you with?
  • Can you spot your signs and symptoms of stress before they get out of hand?
  • Can you focus on and cope well with pressure at home and work?
  • 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?
  • Are you overdoing it with alcohol consumption to relax?
  • Are people avoiding you?
  • Can you focus on becoming more physically and mentally healthy?
  • Are you constantly irritable or frustrated?
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