We all can experience problems and feel under pressure during our everyday lives. So when does this turn into stress? Stress isn’t a recognised mental health diagnosis and definitions can vary. At The Peachy Mind we define stress as when these problems and feelings become overwhelming and unmanageable. Therefore negatively impacting upon quality of life.
How do I know if someone is suffering from stress?
The tipping point when challenges and feelings of pressure turn into stress aren’t always easy to identify, but early intervention is extremely helpful. Although we all experience stress differently there are some signs to look out for:
- They might feel low, anxious or irritated. They might disclose that their thoughts are racing and you may observe them snapping at those around them. Look out for changes in behaviour and in the way in which they’re relating to those around them.
- Losing interest in activities which they’ve previously been interested in is also a common sign. They might feel unable to enjoy themselves and switch off. Sleep could also be difficult if they’re stressed.
- They might be finding it more difficult to make decisions and/or to concentrate. Productivity and motivation can also be affected.
- Physical symptoms of stress can include feeling faint, sick or dizzy. They might also experience headaches or feel tired all the time. Complaints of physical illness can often mask underlying stress.
- Smoking or drinking more than usual or adopting other unhealthy coping mechanisms can also be an indication they’re feeling stressed.
How do I encourage my team to talk about stress?
If you’re concerned about stress levels within your organisation we have compiled short guidance which can be given to employees to support them in talking about stress. Read more about it here.
Stress is just one of the mental health challenges that can impact upon your organisation if you’d like to know more about how we can help contact us.