Stress Management

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  1. Do You Feel Exhausted and Overwhelmed by Stress?
  2. Do you currently smoke – smoking actually causes more stress
  3. Seemingly unending stress making you feel irritable, agitated, and unable to focus on the present
  4. Are you noticing symptoms of stress showing up as physical aches and pains
  5. Inability to slow down, relax, and enjoy yourself?
  6. Do you wish you could stop feeling overwhelmed and find time to take better care of yourself and enjoy your life
  7. You might notice other physical signs of stress but feel unsure of their connection to your lifestyle or mental and emotional wellbeing.
  8. Perhaps your shoulders, back, or other muscles are so tight and knotted that you feel pain and a sense of restriction all the time.
  9. Do you struggle with a constrictive feeling of fear, collapsing feeling of inadequacy, or the heaviness of sorrow?
  10. Are you on medication prescribed by your doctor….

Feeling like you're close to breaking point once in a while is perfectly human but feeling like that all the time certainly isn't.

stress workplace lifestyle SheffieldIn an extensive study of 10,000 people, Bupa have found that not only do 1 in 4 of us feel like this constantly, but that a shocking 44% of us suffer from stress. Do you also know that Sheffield, yes Sheffield is the second most stressed out city in the UK!

Let's be clear here, however, this sort of stress isn't the beneficial kind that helps us meet deadlines or pushes us the extra mile, this is the sort of long term condition that inevitably leads to anxiety and/or depression.

Stress is a universal feeling.  It plagues humanity on all levels, whether at home, work or play.  This is why it is critical to be able to cope and manage one’s stress.  Unfortunately, many cannot accomplish this task on their own and require outside assistance.

The British ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude often prevents people from admitting how stressed they are to the detriment of their own health and wellbeing.

Interesting Facts about Stress

  • A prominent cause of divorce among older Japanese couples is “retired husband syndrome.” Doctors first described the syndrome when wives began showing stress symptoms when made to manage their recently retired husbands who have nothing to do but bark orders at them all day long.
  • 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress, after only two years of being retired.
  • Colouring books for grown-ups are a huge trend and publishers struggle to keep up with demand. The books have successfully been used to reduce stress, relieve anxiety and as rehabilitation aids for patients recovering from strokes.
  • There exists a song composed solely for stress testing auto-pianos and is not remotely playable by humans – Circus Galop.
  • The sudden (seemingly overnight) onset of white hair due to stress is known as “Marie Antoinette Syndrome”, named after the ill-fated queen whose hair turned white the night before her walk to the guillotine.

50 Common Signs and Symptoms of Stress

1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain

2. Gritting, grinding teeth

3. Stuttering or stammering

4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands

5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms

6. Light headedness, faintness, dizziness

7. Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds

8. Frequent blushing, sweating

9. Cold or sweaty hands, feet

10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing

11. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores

12. Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”

13. Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks

14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea

15. Excess belching, flatulence

16. Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control

17. Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing

18. Sudden attacks of life threatening panic

19. Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse

20. Frequent urination

21. Diminished sexual desire or performance

22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness

23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility

24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings

25. Increased or decreased appetite

26. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams

27. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts

28. Trouble learning new information

29. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion

30. Difficulty in making decisions

31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed

32. Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts

33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness

34. Little interest in appearance, punctuality

35. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping

36. Increased frustration, irritability, edginess

37. Overreaction to petty annoyances

38. Increased number of minor accidents

39. Obsessive or compulsive behaviour

40. Reduced work efficiency or productivity

41. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work

42. Rapid or mumbled speech

43. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness

44. Problems in communication, sharing

45. Social withdrawal and isolation

46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue

47. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs

48. Weight gain or loss without diet

49. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use

50. Excessive gambling or impulse buying

How Stress Can Affect Our Bodies

how the body reacts to stress