Recognising the Characteristics of Stress

Characteristics of StressIt can be difficult to recognise the characteristics of stress when stress occurs so frequently in our everyday lives.

Because of this, we often start to accept stress as normality. However, when we are able to recognise what we are experiencing are actually characteristics of stress, we can then start to take control and begin to deal with it.

So, what are the characteristics of someone who is experiencing high levels of stress?

  • Multitasking – You may feel like you are accomplishing more when you are multitasking, however, our brains aren’t actually as good as it as we think we are! This can lead to being less productive, causing you more stress in the long run.
  • Feeling guilty for relaxing – We may often feel like we shouldn’t be relaxing because if we do, we don’t feel productive. When really, relaxation will actually help you to be more productive.
  • Overworking – It’s important to take time out and relax.  Spending your free time overworking will end up making you less effective at your job.
  • Impatience – Stress can cause impatience which can begin to lead to frustration. To avoid this, you firstly need to recognise that impatience is what you’re feeling, start to understand how it affects your mind and body, and then start to convert your impatience into patience.
  • Over-planning – You may over plan by scheduling unrealistic amounts of things to do in a short space of time. This may cause the fear that you are falling behind which will then cause you stress. This can be avoided by being more realistic with your planning.

How To Reduce Work-Related Stress

If you are suffering from stress in the workplace, take a look at some ways that can help you to reduce it here.

 

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