Stress has become too much if you exhibit these symptoms:
• Lack of enjoyment
• Sleep problems
• Anxiety (anxiety/panic attacks)
Stress and its resultant symptoms if ignored can get more serious and more difficult to deal with. Having effective managing and coping skills here is essential. Everyone’s warning signs of stress can be different, so it’s important to get in touch with yourself and how you manage and deal with stress. Being more aware of what stresses you and how you deal or cope with stress allows you to be more perceptive in catching it before gets too bad and allows you to make use of alternative measures to cope.
Coping with stress
If you are stressed, focus on the following:
• Stop ruminating and obsessing about what you could’ve done or should’ve done. This type of negative and unproductive thinking will just make you more irrational and stressed.
• Get quality sleep, as poor sleep will result in you becoming more reactive to stress, which will worsen cognitive ability and functioning and cause you to make more mistakes. This in turn leads to more stress and so it continues.
• Get support from objective and healthy friends/people. Toxic relationships will do nothing for you, other than stress you out even more.
• Stop taking on more things that just make you feel even more overwhelmed.
• Learn to delegate and stop needing to have control over anything and everything.
• Make sure you exercise. It’s often the last thing you feel like, but this is the one thing that can help use up those excess stress hormones just lying around and making you feel even worse.
• Learn to set boundaries and realize when enough is enough.
Remember, stress is an important means for survival and can keep you alert and focused when needed. But when you are not dealing with a survival issue, the hormones released can interfere with your ability to think clearly and solve a problem.
Despite the actual hormones being released, research proves that changing our perception of the event and viewing it in a more rational and positive way can confuse our body and actually combat the hormones. So a change in perception, exercise and a supportive ear does wonders in getting you back on track and releases you from the negative effects of stress.
Remember, stress can only cause us stress out if we perceive it to be stressful!
To learn more about stress or if you need help with coping with stress, visit www.eq-advantedge.co.za or contact Jenna Oertel (B.A. Psych. Hons., HR Management, Professional Registered Counsellor, Neurofeedback Practitioner (ISNR & BCIA) by email on