Indicators of stress can manifest as disturbances in sleep patterns, or changes in normal appetite. Feelings of anxiety or loss of concentration as well as a quick temper or irritation when you would usually be quite calm and collected. A low tolerance of disruption like noise.
One or more of these could indicate that you are stressed.
Emotionally stress can cause people to feel –
• tense, uptight and angry
• depressed, anxious, tearful, worthless
• unable to cope, concentrate or make decisions
• tired and stretched to the limit
• uninterested in anything
• can bring on asthma attacks.
Physical stress can cause people to feel –
• tension in the muscles
• high blood pressure, heart attack, stoke
• increases in infections such as colds and cold sores.
If I’m put under pressure to get something done I can sometimes work better and produce a better quality of work. However, it is a fine line between a healthy stress and then feeling like I can’t cope.
When I get stressed due to lack of sleep or I have had a very long day I can find myself feeling tense with a pounding head ache. I can also feel tearful, especially when over tired. I can get very angry and uptight and will usually take this out on family rather than at work. I also suffer from colds – one after the other.
Knowing these signs and symptoms though, I can step back and take a look at what is causing the stress or anxiety and deal with the problem rather than the symptoms.
Lack of time off. I should get every second weekend off however due to the nature of the post I have to cover calls if need be to ensure the safety of the customers. This means that I seldom get my days off and have to work many weeks without a day off.
The working day is also long as I have to be up early to cover calls in the morning and then spend most of the day either in the office or covering calls. Having an evening off...