Check your stress levels

Stress is something we all experience from time to time. It is normal, but too much stress takes its toll on our bodies and can lead to emotional as well as physical problems. Check your own stress levels by recognising the symptoms described in this section.

The links on the left will help you identify the various symptoms of stress. As personal stress increases, more of these symptoms are likely to become apparent. By noticing how many of these items you are currently experiencing, either continuously or from time to time, you can obtain an early warning of an increase in stress. Even though some of the symptoms may have a clear physical cause, count them nevertheless, because their occurrence is still likely to be an indirect consequence of stress.

Stress

Stress reduction

If you are feeling stressed, why not call us? We can help you

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Palpitations (throbbing heart)
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Muscle twitches
  • Tiredness
  • Vague aches and pains
  • Skin irritations or rashes
  • Susceptibility to allergies
  • Excessive sweating
  • Clenched fists or jaw
  • Fainting
  • Frequent colds, flu or other infections
  • Recurrence of previous illnesses
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Rapid weight gain or loss
Stress

Stress reduction

Stress is something we all experience from time to time. It is normal, but too much stress takes its toll on our bodies and can lead to emotional as well as physical problems. Check your own stress levels using the information provided in this section. If you are feeling stressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Unsociability
  • Restlessness
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Loss of interest in sex, or overuse
  • Disturbed sleep or insomnia
  • Drinking more alcohol
  • Smoking more
  • Taking work home more
  • Too busy to relax
  • Not looking after oneself
  • Lying
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Unable to unwind
  • Low productivity
  • Accident prone
  • Bad driving
  • Impaired speech
  • Voice tremor
  • Poor time management
  • Withdrawing from supportive relationships
Stress

Stress reduction

Stress is something we all experience from time to time. It is normal, but too much stress takes its toll on our bodies and can lead to emotional as well as behavioural problems. Check your own stress levels using the information provided in this section. If you are feeling stressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Indecision
  • Memory failing
  • Loss of concentration, easily distracted
  • Tunnel vision
  • Bad dreams or nightmares
  • Worrying
  • Muddled thinking
  • Making mistakes
  • Less intuitive
  • Less sensitive
  • Persistent negative thoughts
  • Impaired judgement
  • More short-term thinking
  • Hasty decisions
Stress

Stress reduction

Stress is something we all experience from time to time. It is normal, but too much stress takes its toll on our bodies and can lead to emotional as well as behavioural problems. Check your own stress levels using the information provided in this section. If you are feeling stressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Irritability
  • More suspicious
  • More gloomy, depressed
  • More fussy
  • Feeling tense
  • Drained, no enthusiasm
  • Under attack
  • Cynical, inappropriate humour
  • Alienated
  • Feeling nervous, apprehensive, anxious
  • Feeling of pointlessness
  • Loss of confidence
  • Less satisfaction in life
  • Demotivated
  • Reduced self-esteem
  • Job dissatisfaction
Stress

Stress reduction

Stress is something we all experience from time to time. It is normal, but too much stress takes its toll on our bodies and can lead to emotional as well as behavioural problems. Check your own stress levels using the information provided in this section. If you are feeling stressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Raised cholesterol level, increased heart rate and blood pressure, coronary heart disease
  • Smoking
  • Digestive disturbance, ulcers, constipation
  • Tension, headaches, muscular pain
  • Depressive moods, apathy, hopelessness, crying
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, feeling trapped
  • Escapist drinking, alcoholism
  • Menstrual problems
  • Over and under eating
  • Sleep disturbance, excessive sleep, insomnia
  • Irritability/anger outbursts
  • Job dissatisfaction, reduced aspiration
  • Poor concentration, memory problems, indecision, threat related thinking, confusion, inability to consider alternatives
  • Eczema and other skin disorders
  • Fatigue, over activity, inefficiency
  • Poor performance, accidents
  • Increased susceptibility to minor illnesses
  • Sexual Problems
  • Drug abuse
Stress

Stress reduction

Stress is something we all experience from time to time. It is normal, but too much stress takes its toll on our bodies and can lead to emotional as well as behavioural problems. Check your own stress levels using the information provided in this section. If you are feeling stressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Early warning signs

If recognised early a great proportion of personal problems can be resolved effectively and with the least disruption to the individual's work and private life. Here are some early warning signs that might suggest that a member of staff might benefit from counselling.

  • High level of absenteeism, lateness or sickness
  • High level of accidents or errors
  • An obvious level of anxiety or tension
  • Uncooperative behaviour
  • Loss of performance or productivity
  • Excessive anger at minor irritations
  • Clashes with colleagues
  • A fatigued, weary or despondent air
  • Inability to focus on the job at hand
  • Hyperactivity
  • Inability to relax or slow down
  • Lack of care for personal appearance
Stress

Stress reduction

Stress is something we all experience from time to time. It is normal, but too much stress takes its toll on our bodies and can lead to emotional as well as behavioural problems. Check your own stress levels using the information provided in this section. If you are feeling stressed, why not call us? We can help you!

Make a note of any item on this list that describes you or your job:

If you note more than four items, you could benefit from therapeutic support Crescent Counselling & Psychotherapy can provide.

  • This job is costing me too much emotionally
  • These days I treat people as things rather than people
  • I find it hard to sympathise with people these days
  • When I go home at the end of the day I have nothing left to give
  • This job has made me hard and unfeeling
  • I'm not doing such a good job as I used to
  • I can't face another day at this job
  • I don't seem to care about people like I used to
  • My job is very frustrating
  • It's best to avoid getting too involved with people's problems
  • I no longer see my job as a useful one
  • I have to work much too hard in this job
  • Some people ask for trouble
  • I don't feel what I do has much effect
  • Having to work with people all the time is an emotional strain
  • Lately I don't worry what becomes of anybody
  • I feel uninterested in my job
  • Increasingly I find people irritating
  • People and problems are a constant strain
  • Sometimes I feel people hold me responsible for their problems
  • I no longer get satisfaction from working directly with people
  • I'm just about at the end of my tether
  • My work accomplishes little
  • The way I have treated some people worries me
Stress

Stress reduction

Stress is something we all experience from time to time. It is normal, but too much stress takes its toll on our bodies and can lead to emotional as well as behavioural problems. Check your own stress levels using the information provided in this section. If you are feeling stressed, why not call us? We can help you!