Stress Awareness Month

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Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month.

What are the signs of stress?

How you might feel

  • irritable, aggressive, impatient or wound up
  • over-burdened
  • nervous, anxious or afraid
  • like your thoughts are racing and you can’t switch off
  • unable to enjoy yourself
  • depressed
  • uninterested in life
  • like you’ve lost your sense of humour
  • a sense of dread
  • worried about your health
  • neglected or lonely.

How you might behave

  • finding it hard to make decisions
  • constantly worrying
  • avoiding situations that are troubling you
  • snapping at people
  • biting your nails
  • picking at your skin
  • unable to concentrate
  • eating too much or too little
  • smoking or drinking alcohol more than usual
  • restless, like you can’t sit still
  • being tearful or crying.

How you might be physically affected

  • shallow breathing or hyperventilating
  • you might have a panic attack
  • muscle tension
  • blurred eyesight or sore eyes
  • problems getting to sleep, staying asleep or having nightmares
  • sexual problems, such as losing interest in sex or being unable to enjoy sex
  • tired all the time
  • grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw
  • headaches
  • chest pains
  • high blood pressure
  • indigestion or heartburn
  • constipation or diarrhoea
  • feeling sick, dizzy or fainting.

 

If you need to speak to someone confidentially, call our confidential 24/7 Employee Assistance Line on 0845 1201 421, quote: 72016.

Mind also has lots of resources to help you recognise and manage stress:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/stress/useful-contacts/?o=6278#.XKckK5hKiUk

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