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Jan 07, 2018 · Stress may especially affect those with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). These are characterized by stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea...
Mar 24, 2021 · Common effects of stress Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Sometimes you might be able to tell right away when you're feeling under stress, but other times you might keep going without recognising the signs. Stress can affect you both emotionally and physically, and it can affect the way you behave. "My head is tight and all my thoughts are whizzing round in different directions and I can't catch them."
When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper.
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Sep 10, 2019 · Physical symptoms associated with stress can include headaches, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, aches, pains, tense muscles, chest pain and rapid heartbeat, insomnia, frequent colds and infections, loss of sexual desire and/or ability, nervousness and shaking, and clenched jaw and grinding teeth.
May 28, 2021 · Physical symptoms are basically your body’s physical manifestations. They are often characterized by pain, are characterized by discomfort, or are visually observable. The most common physical indicators of too much stress are the following symptoms: Severe headaches or migraines
Apr 10, 2018 · When someone is feeling anxious, part of their sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive. This kicks off a cascade of effects throughout the body, such as a racing pulse, sweaty palms, shaky...
Mar 15, 2019 · Physical symptoms of anxiety can be debilitating and can include difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, headache, nausea, vomiting, and more. Learn how to handle these symptoms and feel better.
- Crystal Raypole
- The Need For 'Solution Dexterity'
- What Are Stress and Anxiety?
- The ABC Triangle and The Need For Empathy
- The (A)Ffective Domain
- The (B)Ehavioural Domain
- The (C)Ognitive Domain
We are all unique human beings, possessing different characteristics and personalities, fed by complex family, work and personal relationships and operating in diverse workplace environments. So the short answer, when it comes to spotting signs of stress amongst employees, is ‘it depends’. And it’s by having this solution dexterity that ensures that the cause and effect of stress and anxiety is not consigned to a medical diagnosis or scripted response.
Before we banish ‘stress’ and ‘anxiety’ to the organisational naughty step, let’s first regard them as normal responses to difficult situations. Stress is a response to pressure. Anxiety is often a consequence of or manifestation of feeling stressed. Acknowledging both allows us to ‘work with it’ and seek solutions. We all know that what’s stress to one person is pressure to another – it’s often about perception and our own personal resilience. We all need some form of pressure at work to motivate us. It’s when pressure exceeds our normal capacity to cope that stress can emerge.
Workplace counsellors often work with clients within an ABC triangle, exploring the ‘Affective’ (how we feel), the ‘Behavioural’ (how we behave) and the ‘Cognitive’ (how we think). But you don’t have to be a therapist to be able to spot the signs of stress or anxiety in colleagues. The first skill we need to acknowledge is Empathy. It’s not rocket science. The Collins dictionary defines this as ‘the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person’s feelings’. We’re often more aware than we think about how we can and do empathise with others.
Let’s start with A, the ‘Affective’ domain, how we feel. The easiest entry point to this is to reflect on emotions. We all have them. Some access them more than others. Emotional Intelligence (EI), a concept developed by Daniel Goleman in the mid 1990s proposed that EI could matter more than Cognitive Intelligence or IQ. Being intelligent about one’s emotions taps strongly into empathy. Workplace counsellors often see clients who say they are feeling ‘stressed’. But ‘stress’ as a word really doesn’t mean much on its own. What are you stressed about, how is it manifested, why are you feeling this now, when does it occur? Answers start to build up a picture, a sort of cause and effect. Anger is often regarded as one of the most ‘powerful’ emotions and behind it can lie a multitude of triggers. Is the anger about frustration, feeling ignored, being trapped? Peel back the layers further and ‘frustration’ might reveal a tension about wanting to deliver but feeling constrained by someone...
B stands for ‘Behaviour’, how we behave. We all have different ways to cope with or manage tensions and pressures, some are more positive than others. Substance misuse can be a common unproductive coping mechanism, using an addictive crux to take us out of one situation into a temporary utopia, but it’s not addressing what might be an underlying problem. Bullying is a behaviour and when its rife it can become an organisational cancer. Causes are complex. Anti-bullying and harassment policies are a pre-requisite but it’s knowing how and why it happens that’s equally important. People bully because it serves them to do so, they get some benefit from it, whether it’s some superiority or authority fix or it gives them some greater sense of self. But at great cost to others.
C looks at ‘Cognitions’, how we think. Much of work is about making decisions, thinking about different courses of actions to achieve a desired result. But sometimes we can find it difficult to think, we get distracted, can’t concentrate, feel we’re all over the place. Or we have negative thoughts, frequent mood changes or disrupted sleep patterns. This can all indicate stress. This reveals an important recognition in identifying stress and anxiety in others. If someone is behaving differently, then there’s often a reason for this. Is this revealing ineffective coping mechanisms to a pressured situation, i.e. stress? If we take anxiety as a manifestation of stress, then it’s important to recognise the physical responses. This might include palpitations, a faster heart rate and increased blood pressure or ‘butterflies’ in our stomach and bowel problems or perhaps more visibly, increased sweating, reddening and blushing plus muscle tension and fatigue. At the end of the day, to spot s...
- Jamie Lawrence