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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

  • Demotivated

  • Unable to focus (wandering attention)

  • Worry (rumination)

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Performance issues (e.g. difficulty making decisions)

Symptoms of burnout include:


  • Exhaustion

  • Demotivation/ cynicism/ hating your job

  • Disinterest/ wandering mind

  • Feeling ineffective

  • Headaches

  • Panic/anxiety/depression

  • Prolonged bouts of insomnia

  • Muscle pain

  • Stomach pain

  • Heart palpitations and sometimes arrythmia. High blood pressure

  • Increased use of alchohol/drugs/tobacco/ caffeine

  • Increased illness. Colds/flus/diabetes