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Signs & symptoms of possible stress
Stress rarely just hits us as though a switch has been flicked. The pressure builds and as it does so we will usually experience a variety of symptoms. These can be very useful early warning signals, indicating that if we take action we can prevent stress occurring.
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgement
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Unable to have new ideas
Emotional and Attitudinal Indicators
- Irritability or short temper
- Agitation, inability to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Sense of loneliness and isolation
- Depression or general unhappiness
- No sense of direction or purpose
- Aches and pains
- Digestive upset
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds
- Tension and muscle aches
- Rashes or skin change
- Weight change
- Eating more or less
- Eating comfort foods
- Sleeping patterns change
- Nightmares or troubled dreams
- Isolating yourself from others
- Distrust of others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing, teeth grinding)
There may by other reasons for these symptoms occurring. Think about what it is in your situation that might be contributing to and affecting your condition. Then decide what you can do to change these factors. If you are unsure, and your condition appears to be worsening, visit your doctor who should be able to help you determine whether these are stress-related.
Building Your Energy Reservoir
Autumn, as in nature is a great time for us to put in place the things that will replenish our energy store for the cold, wet months ahead. Start eating food that is filling and healthy, e.g. soups, stews… Make time to get out in the beautiful, clear light as much as possible. Set up a programme for becoming fitter, based around something you enjoy doing.
Understand what your money is doing right now, and consider ways you can invest for the near future. Produce a realistic plan so that you can spend wisely on the things, situations and people, that will enrich the most important parts of your life over Winter.
Who Energises You?
Remind yourself who the most important people you want to have in your life are. These people will provide the positive energy to help recharge your batteries. Plan how to spend more time with them. Stop investing your valuable time in those who drain the life out of you.