Background on Stress
A recent study revealed that Britons are working more than 48 hours a week with one in three of us regularly arriving at work before the official 9 am start to get on top of our to-do lists.
With the majority of us spending most of our waking lives at work, it’s no wonder that we are bombarded with a number of stressors on a daily basis. Incorporate these stressors with family commitments, relationships, children, social lives, health and lots of other day-to-day activities and we can become very overwhelmed and stressed out quite quickly.
Stress is our body’s way of responding to demands and threats we are exposed to. It affects each of us in various ways, however, chronic stress can take it’s toll on our nervous systems and can show its symptoms in numerous ways. For example: depression, anxiety, pain, sleep problems, skin conditions, weight gain or loss, memory issues and many more.
Unfortunately, it’s near impossible to cut out all types of stress from our lives. However, we can get better at recognising the symptoms and when we need to take a step back to re-evaluate and de-stress our bodies. Be aware of common symptoms of stress including; anxiety, worry, mood changes, a change in eating and sleeping habits, use of alcohol, and physical symptoms such as pain, IBS/stomach problems, heart rate increases, etc.
Do you feel any of these symptoms? Have you noticed changes in yourself and your behaviour?