Stress Assessment

Stress Assessment

  • 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?
  • 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 or/and binge eating during the night?
  • Are you putting on weight?   
  • Are you over doing it with you alcohol consumption in order to relax? 
  • Can you spot your own signs and symptoms of stress before they get out of hand?
  • Are people avoiding you?
  • Can you respond to your stressors in a healthy way? 
  • How are your important relationships going?
  • Do you have stressful thoughts; thoughts that upset you and keep you from enjoying your life?
  • Can you deal with negative thoughts and behaviours in a healthy way?
  • Can you create more mind space so that 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 and at work?
  • Would you like to develop your own 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
  • Light- headedness, 
  • 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   
  • Loss of control
  • 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
  • Little interest in appearance, punctuality
  • Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping
  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • 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

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

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Central Park New York                                                                                                      Murton North East UK

Being outside in nature is a valuable source of stress relief. Its a cheap form of de-stressing and also very enjoyable. One day a week in nature can lower your stress levels and help you create more mind synergy.