Stress Awareness

Stress Awareness
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Due to our busy lives and high workloads, professionals easily get stressed and many feel the strain. While stress can motivate us to push our performance envelopes to meet challenges, too much of it is detrimental. It can lead to loss of productivity, morale and health. How do you stay aware of your stress levels and keep it under control?

Potential causes of stress are numerous and highly individual. It is often influenced by our personalities and how adaptable we are at managing difficulties. It can be an irate client, demanding boss, mistakes at work, or even quarrels at home. These will affect your ability to work. Our lives are filled with potential stressors and everyone’s response is unique. You need to recognize your symptoms of high stress levels. Some examples are:

Cognitive Symptoms

  • Difficulty recalling
  • Lack of focus
  • Poor judgement
  • Constant anxiety

Emotional Symptoms

  • Moodiness
  • Agitation
  • Sense of isolation
  • Depression or constant sadness

Physical Symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Muscle tension in face, neck or shoulders
  • Falling ill frequently

Behavioral symptoms

  • Insomnia
  • Increase or loss of appetite
  • Neglect of responsibilities
  • Heavy drinking or smoking

Knowing that you’re suffering from acute stress is just the first step, what then are the best ways in easing your stress?

  1. Ask yourself what can you do about the sources of your stress? Then take action.
  2. Keep a positive, realistic attitude. Accept that although you can’t control certain things, you’re in charge of how you respond.
  3. Stand up for yourself in a polite way. Share your feelings or opinions, instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
  4. Manage your time properly. You often get stressed when you feel there isn’t time to deal with all your problems.
  5. Do say no, where you can, to things that would add more stress to your life.
  6. Exercise regularly. You’ll feel better and be more prepared to handle problems. Also, you’re less likely to suffer from the physical ailments that come with stress.
  7. Eat healthy. More on on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. When you’re stressed, you may end up indulging in less-nutritious comfort foods. If you overdo them, they’ll add to your problems.
  8. Get enough rest. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  9. Spend time with people you love, or indulge in hobbies

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