Work or Home related Stress and Anxiety

The theory of work/life balance is practical and sensible but putting it into practice can be difficult. It needs determination and discipline. There is no perfect solution but if it isn’t achieved it can lead to work or home related stress and anxiety

Work related stress

Work related stress is the process that arises when work demands of various types exceed an individual’s capacity and capability to cope. It is a significant cause of illness

Home related stress

Everyone experiences home related stress sometime in their life. It is part of the human condition. Stress is derived not from an external problem but from the way an individual copes with their problem. Too much stress is not only disruptive, it’s a killer and the symptoms of stress can be physical, emotional or manifest in behavioural reactions

Symptoms of Stress

Some of the following symptoms may indicate that you are feeling the effects of stress. Action taken at an early stage will ease the stress and reduce or stop the symptoms

Symptoms Mental Behavioural
Increased heart rate, high blood pressure Difficulty concentrating Avoidance of anxiety
Hyperventilation Difficulty in making decisions Social withdrawal
Dizziness, tingling sensations, shakes, Impaired memory – forgetfulness Excessive drinking, smoking, drug taking
Migraine Increased negative self-critical thoughts Difficulty sleeping/early waking
Stomach ulcers, nausea Distorted, irrational ideas Accident-proneness
Frequent urination, diarrhoea Catastrophic thinking (worrying) Increased aggression/irritation
Asthma, skin rashes, cancers Alteration in food intake
Loss of sexual interest

NB These are some of the indicators experienced by those with stress. They may also be indicative of other conditions. If you are concerned about yourself please seek advice from your GP or a counsellor

Self-help techniques

Self help skills include relaxation, distraction techniques, positive and rational thinking, breathing control, time management, anger management, goal setting and possible changes in lifestyle. All or some of these may serve to minimize the experience of anxiety. However take care not to over-react to small changes in behaviour. These symptoms are only clues