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
- Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain
- Gritting, grinding teeth
- Stuttering or stammering
- Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
- Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
- Ringing, buzzing or popping sounds
- Frequent blushing and sweating
- Cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Dry mouth, problems swallowing
- Rashes, itching, hives
- Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks
- Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
- Constipation and diarrhoea
- Panic attacks
- High heart rate
- Decreased immune system; frequent colds, infections, herpes sores
- High blood pressure
- Irregular eating habits; increased or decreased appetite, weight gain or loss without diet.
- Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse
- Diminished sexual desire or performance
- Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
- Increased anger, frustration, hostility, irritability, edginess, overreaction to petty annoyances
- Depression, frequent and/or wild mood swings
- Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams
- Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
- Trouble learning new information
- Forgetfulness, disorganisation, confusion
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Feeling overloaded, overwhelmed and/or disorganised.
- Loss of control
- Little interest in appearance, punctuality
- Nervous habits; fidgeting, feet tapping.
- Reduced work efficiency or productivity
- Lies or excuses to cover up poor work
- Rapid or mumbled speech
- Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
- Problems in communication, sharing
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue
- Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs
- Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can support you.
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