Did you know that in 2009/10, in the UK an estimated 9.8 million working days were lost through work-related stress. Every person experiencing work related stress was off work for an estimated 22.6 days which equates to 0.42 days per worker. – HSE
Like most busy women, I am sure you take your daily round of domestic chores, looking after your family and working in your stride. You may be tired and weary but just get on with it. No matter how you feel or what is going on, somehow or the other you find the energy and carry on.
In today’s blog I would like to share with you a bit about my experience of work related stress and offer you seven signs that you need to rest and relax.
Do You Know The Toll Your Overworked Life Is Taking On You?
In your pursuit for happiness, good health, closer family ties and a thriving business do you realise you run the risk of developing stress-related illness? Constant overworking affects your physical, emotional and spiritual health and if left unchecked leads to depression, anxiety/panic attacks, alcoholism and even drug dependency.
What Is Stress?
Simply put, stress is when you:
**React negatively to perceived unpleasant things in your life.
People tend to use the word “stress” to describe how they feel when they struggle to cope with all the demands placed upon them.
Learning to let-go and manage pressure empowers you to relax and have a more pleasurable and productive day, which makes it easier for you to stick to your goals.
My Experience of Work-Related Stress
Does this sound like you? In my previous job as a Probation Officer for a busy Inner London Borough, my colleagues and I would often work more than our contracted hours, go without lunch breaks, come in early to catch-up or get a “head start” on the day and even take work home and work late in the evenings –all in a mad effort to try to keep on top of our work. It was a crazy schedule and there were many days when we would turn up at work when ill or children unwell, for fear of falling further behind in our work. It was a demanding way of working yet we just moaned and got on with it.
Here are seven tell-tell signs that you may be overdoing it and stressed.
Remember stress is so complex there is no single test that will diagnosis you are “stressed”, so it is essential if you experience any of the seven signs to seek proper medical advice in case there is an underlying reason causing you distress
1. Poor Physical Health
In yoga we are taught health is wealth. When your body is under attack from stress, you experience a range of physical reactions, such as joint pains, aching limbs, backache, you may have trouble sleeping and suffer headaches and migraines.
2. No Free-Time
Many women are guilty of this. In times of stress, you run yourself ragged and fail to take proper care of yourself. Me-Time or as my mentor Frederique Murphy calls it, Free-Time, slips of the agenda as you try to squeeze more into your everyday life. You may experience bouts of anxiety, moodiness, irritability, have trouble focusing and concentrating for periods of time.
3. Low Energy
Constant rushing and lack of rest affects your vitality and energy levels. You probably feel overwhelmed by the demands placed and you and don’t like to ask for support and reassurance for fear of appearing weak.
4. Family Life Is Suffering
I remember when my girls where little, I always tried to keep meal times sacred and eat meals as a family uninterrupted by work. But some days, I would catch myself on the phone talking “shop” with a work colleague or mentally thinking about what supervision plans for my clients instead of being present with my children and enjoying our meal. When you are time pressed it is easy to neglect spending fun quality time with your children, partner and friends.
A sure sign of a demanding life and cluttered, cramped mind is your workspace and home environment. Have a look now around your immediate desk space, are your files neatly stacked, documents, folders organised, to-do lists up to date? Physical clutter prevents a positive free flow of energy, which cramps and dampens your spirits.
6. Lack Of Vision And Focus
When life becomes over-busy, your mind is swamped and it becomes harder for you to focus and concentrate. You lose sight of your personal dreams and business goals as everyday living concerns take up all your time and energy.
7. Unhappy and Unfulfilled
When stressed you may feel empty, undervalued and unappreciated. You may sense life is out of alignment yet it is easier to ignore this feeling and just bury your head deeper into work and caring for your family.
If you can recognise yourself in any of these scenarios, then you are setting yourself up to become another “stress statistic.” In future blogs I will offer you simple yoga and relaxation techniques to help you overcome stress and learn how to relax and breathe better through life.
What do you think about the above seven signs of stress? Are there any more you would like to add? Write your comments in the box below. Thank You and Have a Blessed Day.
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