We are all familiar with stress. It is a normal response that we experience to some extent everyday. A certain level of stress is necessary to function and to motivate us to reach our full potential. Too much stress, however, can be a health hazard.  The first important step in stress management involves being aware of when our stress levels have become unhealthy. Once stress overload is recognised, there are a range of stress management skills available to address the problem.

A state of chronic stress is not reached overnight - it takes time!  Before reaching this state we may notice many symptoms. Rather than acknowledge the signs, we may push ourselves harder, pretending that everything is fine. This continual exposure to stress decreases our ability to function in every area of our lives.

Warning signs

The good news is we can stop stress escalating by recognising the warning signs:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Increased nicotine, alcohol or caffeine use
  • Depression
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Impaired judgement
  • Negative thoughts
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty making decisions

Possible remedies

One of the simplest and most effective ways in which you can manage stress involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle balance.  Consider the following areas and look to address any of the areas in which you may be lacking:

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