Stress and Burnout

Stress is part of most people’s lives, and it can have multiple effects on our bodymood and mental state.

It usually results from our lifestyle being too full and our mental and physical capabilities being put under a strain which we feel we cannot cope with.  The symptoms of stress can manifest in many different ways.

Are you suffering from stress? Below are 50 common signs and symptoms.

01.       Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain    02.       Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams   03.       Gritting, grinding teeth   04.       Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts   05.       Stuttering or stammering   06.       Trouble learning new information   07.       Tremors, trembling of lips or hands   08.       Forgetfulness, disorganisation, confusion   09.       Neck-ache, back pain, muscle spasms   10.       Difficulty in making decisions.   11.       Light headedness, faintness, dizziness   12.       Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed.   13.       Ringing, buzzing or ‘popping sounds’   14.       Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts     15.       Frequent blushing, sweating     16.       Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness     17.       Cold or sweaty hands/feet   18.       Little interest in appearance or punctuality   19.       Dry mouth or problems swallowing   20.       Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping   21.       Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores   22.       Increased frustration, irritability, feeling edgy   23.       Rashes, itching, hives, ‘goose bumps’   24.       Over-reaction to petty annoyances   25.       Unexplained or frequent ‘allergy’ attacks   26.       Increased number of minor accidents   27.       Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea   28.       Obsessive or compulsive behavior   29.       Excessive belching, flatulence   30.       Reduced work efficiency or productivity   31.       Constipation or diarrhea   32.       Lies or excuses to cover up poor work   33.       Difficulty breathing or sighing   34.       Rapid or mumbled speech   35.       Sudden attacks of panic   36.       Excessive defensiveness or suspicion   37.       Chest pain, palpitations   38.       Problems in communication, sharing   39.       Frequent urination   40.       Social withdrawal and isolation   41.       Poor sexual desire or performance   42.       Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue   43.       Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness   44.      Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs   45.       Increased anger, frustration, hostility   46.       Weight gain or loss without diet   47.       Depression, frequent or wild mood swings   48.       Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use   49.       Increased or decreased appetite   50.       Excessive gambling or impulse buying

Burnout is a condition linked to stress.  It can creep up over a number of years, and can often affect people who are highly driven and successful in their careers. In worst-case scenarios this can lead to a mental and physical collapse.

Psychotherapy and counselling can help you deal with stress, helping you to change your attitude towards stressful situations using various techniques.  It can also help to get the work-life balance right – and to avoid the ‘burnout syndrome’.

Christopher Anderson Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy

T: 01229 825970 – M: 07788 416842 – E: info@christopherandersontherapy.co.uk

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