Week 23 – Signs That Your Stress Has Reached the Danger Zone
Stress is reaching epidemic proportions, cialis but are we paying attention? It’s true that stress is a part of life. We experience stress related to financial pressures, sick relationship issues, pressure to achieve, workload demands, health issues and not having enough time the day to do everything that needs doing. Statistics Canada found that up to 30% of the population, aged 14-64, is experiencing high levels of stress. Sunlife found that as many as 77% of people have at least one source of stress that is either at an uncomfortable level or excessive.
But when do stress levels become too high? The twelve signs below are indicators that your stress levels may be getting too high and that you may be heading towards a dangerous level of stress that can affect your overall level of wellbeing. Rate each indicator on the following scale:
1 = No concerns; 2 = Minimal concerned; 3 = Normal levels; 4 = Somewhat concerned; 5 = Very concerned
|1||Your energy is much lower than normal and you have more unexplained aches and pains.|
|2||You’re not eating well and the guilt is mounting.|
|3||You’re sleeping more than usual because it’s the only way to unplug.|
|4||You find yourself withdrawing from social situations and have an increased desire to be alone.|
|5||You have no energy for your friends and family or for romantic relationships.|
|6||You feel emotionally spent most of the day.|
|7||You’re losing your sense of self. You look in the mirror and ask: Who is this person?|
|8||You feel disconnected from your community.|
|9||You have trouble feeling and showing empathy for others.|
|10||You’re finding it difficult to concentrate and process basic information.|
|11||You see your grades or performance at work slipping.|
|12||You feel confused and forgetful, more than usual.|
While a certain amount of stress is healthy and needed to perform effectively, the problem arises when stress reaches the point where it begins to affect your physical, psychological, social and intellectual wellbeing. Based on the ratings you gave yourself on the indicators above, make a list of the potential causes of that stress. To deal with stress, we have to know the sources of it before we can take action. Next week we’ll take a look at strategies to reduce stress.
Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands; and the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website.