Are you stressed?

06.06.16

Stress can be both good and bad. In small doses, it can help us become motivated and be more decisive. In the long term, however, elevated stress levels can impact both physical and mental health.

People react to stress differently however there are some common signs, as shown in the illustration below, which may indicate stress is becoming a problem that needs to be addressed. Being aware of these signs can help you take control and self-manage your stress, and also recognise when it may be time to seek support.

If you are experiencing such signs and symptoms, it’s important you don’t ignore what they might be telling you – your GP is a good place to start for advice. If they seem to be related to sustained pressure in the workplace, you may also speak to your manager, your HR department or your EAP (Employee Assistance Program) provider.

Whether you’re at work or at home, it’s also important to look out for those around you who may be showing signs of stress. Try asking them: “Are you okay?”, which can be a soft but effective way to start a supportive conversation.