Some of the common symptoms of stress
Have you been feeling?
Have you had thoughts like?
- ‘I can’t stand this’
- ‘It’s my fault’
- ‘I am useless’
- ‘I am losing control of everything’
- ‘I can’t keep up with everything’
- ‘I’m no good’
Have you noticed?
- an increase or decrease in appetite
- you are spending more time alone
- you are sleeping too much or too little
- you have stopped doing the things you enjoy
- you have a short temper
- you are constantly worrying
- you are unable to concentrate
- your heart pounding in your chest
- a stomach-churning sensation
- you are sweating excessively
Possible causes of stress
- stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
- negative thinking – sometimes you may start to think negatively due to an event or situation, and this can then become a habit and part of your general outlook; you may not even be aware of how negatively you were thinking or how this is impacting on you
- loss – this can be the actual loss of someone through death or disappearance, but it can also be a major life change where there has been an adjustment and a loss of role or identity, e.g. redundancy or retirement
- anger – if you struggle to express your feelings, particularly anger, you may find yourself stressed as a result of not expressing your anger or frustration in a safe and responsible way
- personality – research has shown that those with Type A personality are more likely to experience stress compared to those with Type B personality
How common is stress?
- stress occurs in 1 in 5 adults in the UK at any one time
- around 1 in 2 people will experience stress in their lifetime
- 70% of visits to the GP are stress-related