Stress effects us all so differently, the stresses we have experienced have been challenged these past twelve months with so many of us having to deal with issues in our places of work, our home life and on social media, the pressures amount and if we don't allow ourselves time to process and heal then that's when we begin to feel the pressures of our reality.
These changes may be emotional, physical or behavioural, or a combination of all three. So, the key thing is to look out for negative changes of any kind. Bear in mind that the negative changes are also likely to have knock-on effects e.g. reduced performance at work.
Of course, we all experience ‘bad days’, so we are really talking about situations where people display these negative changes for a period of time (e.g. 5 days in a row).
Prolonged stress undoubtedly makes people ill. It is now known to contribute to heart disease, hypertension and high blood pressure, it affects the immune system, is linked to strokes, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), ulcers, diabetes, muscle and joint pain, miscarriage, allergies, alopecia and even premature tooth loss.
Use the link below to find helpful tools in ways to handle stress.