Stress has got a lot to be blamed for. We all suffer with it at some point in our lives, but do you know how to recognise when you are under its influence or protect yourself from its effects?
Stress is the body’s reaction to mental (and sometimes physical) pressure and is caused by a sustained stimulation of the body’s ‘fight or flight’ reaction. Chemicals are released by the body in response to the pressure which, in time, can upset the body’s natural state.
There are a lot of ways in which stress manifests itself, but here are some of the more common symptoms:
• Panic attacks
• Raised heart-rate
• Shoulder and neck pain
All symptoms of stress can be difficult to handle, but sometimes they can be tricky to spot when you have been living with them for a long time. Headaches can be blamed on migraine, tiredness or eye problems, and muscle tension put down to bad posture. Learning to spot the symptoms when they arrive is the first battle in the war against stress.
Apart from visiting your GP, there are a few different ways of managing stress symptoms, from exercise to yoga, and from mindfulness to massage. All of them are effective in the battle against the symptoms of stress, however, if you are experiencing some of the more distressing effects, we do recommend that you speak to your GP for a check-up.
Employers also have a responsibility to help their staff avoid work-related stress toxicity, pop over to our Services page for some great ideas to reduce stress and improve your employee happiness, we are always ready to listen!
Finally, never ignore the symptoms of stress, it is one of the most common overlooked conditions and can cause some serious health problems.
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