Can't see the wood for the trees?
Stress is a normal response to challenge. It can actually be useful. The stress response kicks in when we face some testing time or event. Hormones are secreted in the body that prepare the body for action. This can increase performance. However, prolonged stress can be very harmful. ‘Bad’ stress occurs when an individual perceives that they are unable to cope with challenges presented. Burnout occurs when prolonged levels of stress significantly reduce performance and mental health.
Symptoms of stress include:
Stress can be a cause of Anxiety and Depression
Increased irritability and intolerance
Feeling like you can’t cope
Unable to focus (wandering attention)
Performance issues (e.g. difficulty making decisions)
Symptoms of burnout include:
Demotivation/ cynicism/ hating your job
Disinterest/ wandering mind
Prolonged bouts of insomnia
Heart palpitations and sometimes arrythmia. High blood pressure
Increased use of alchohol/drugs/tobacco/ caffeine
Increased illness. Colds/flus/diabetes