Don't let stress manage you

If you've been overdoing things, your body has a way of telling you.

If you recognise any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from the effects of stress, or overfilling your programme:

  • headaches
  • disturbed sleep
  • feelings of anxiety
  • tension
  • irrational and inappropriate bursts of anger and aggression
  • struggling to concentrate
  • depression
  • increased or decreased appetite 

In severe situations you could experience overwhelming stress to the point of so-called burn-out, experiencing extreme fatigue and loss of interest in normal activities.

Since research has shown that high levels of stress have a negative impact on our immune systems, and hence on our general state of health, it is not unusual for the stressed-out among us to suffer constantly from colds, or other infections or illnesses.

Feeling overwhelmed?

But stress is very much part of the modern lifestyle – traffic, interest rates, school activities and meetings, meetings, meetings. Take some time to learn a few stress management techniques such as:

Read more:

10 workplace stressors 

Tension headaches

(Joanne Hart, Health24, updated July 2009)

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