Stressed, Burnt-out or Anxious – Which one are you?
As a Professional in your field of expertise, you work with people, day after day. Some days you just feel you cannot take it anymore; you suddenly get tired more quickly. You just did not get the same satisfaction anymore from your job. As you read further, I assume will recognise more known symptoms and emotions. You also know deep inside the effect of ongoing stress – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You may recognise how it changed your behaviour and thinking ability. No part of the body is immune. But, because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary.
Once you passed the small dose of stress that help you accomplish tasks and prevent you from getting hurt, you might start to feel more and more overwhelmed and less able to cope with mental or emotional pressure. Stress means different things to different people. What causes stress in one person may be of little concern to another. Some people are better able to handle stress than others.
Stress is a part of life. What matters most is how you handle it. The best thing you can do to prevent stress overload and the health consequences that come with it is to know your stress symptoms.
Once you hit burn-out every task will take longer to accomplish, creating more stress and before you know it, you will be caught up in a vicious circle that will create more of what you cannot afford as a professional.
Emotional symptoms of stress include:
- Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
- Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
- Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
- Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
- Avoiding others
Physical symptoms of stress include:
- Low energy
- Upset stomach, including diarrhoea, constipation, and nausea
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds and infections
- Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
- Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
- Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
Cognitive symptoms of stress include:
- Constant worrying
- Racing thoughts
- Forgetfulness and disorganization
- Inability to focus
- Poor judgment
- Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
Behavioural symptoms of stress include
- Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
- Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
- Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
- Exhibiting more nervous behaviours, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing
What Are the Consequences of Long-Term Stress?
A little stress every now and then is not something to be concerned about. Ongoing, chronic stress, however, can cause or exacerbate many serious health problems, including:
- Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders
- Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke
- Obesity and other eating disorders
- Menstrual problems
- Sexual dysfunction, such as impotence and premature ejaculation in men and loss of sexual desire in both men and women
- Skin and hair problems, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon.
At B-Stressfree I specialise in stress-relief and emotional well-being. The modality will be customised to fit your special and specific need. A full assessment will be done with your first appointment, whereafter you will already have more clarity and experience more calmness to make better decisions, knowing that you have a support system now and not have to cope alone anymore.
Help is available – prevent burn-out, anxiety, depression, and serious psychological problems by booking an appointment here.