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How Work Stress can lead to Anxiety

We have all felt a certain amount of stress at work, it's what keeps us on our toes and striving to perform. But when does that stress become too much? What effect could it possibly have? How would you know?

Stress becomes too much when you get symptoms. We tend to notice the physical ones more. Like sleep disturbance, feeling shaky, migraines, headaches, stomach upsets, nausea, rapid heartbeat, sweating, grinding teeth, clenching jaw, having a dry mouth. There are also mental symptoms. Like having a short fuse, having negative or catastrophic thoughts, overthinking, snapping at family and colleagues, road rage, forgetfulness, poor judgement, lack of focus. And last but not least, behavioural symptoms. Like being disorganised, self medicating with alcohol or drugs, under eating, over eating, smoking, fidgeting, biting nails, procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities.

Long term stress can lead to anxiety. The symptoms are difficult to turn off. Anxiety can have your heart racing, palms sweating, feeling nauseous, experiencing panic attacks and having thoughts of impending doom.

High cortisol levels in your body cause inflammation, high blood pressure, damage your heart and other organs, and leave you drained, tired and exhausted.

Anxiety can lead to depression with a whole raft of life changing symptoms. It can take 6 months to a year to recover.

We like to think we can handle it, admission is weakness and backing off at work is slacking. If you are having any of these symptoms then your system is trying to tell you something very important. Time to get some help before it gets worse.

Don't ignore the symptoms of stress and get help before anxiety develops.

So what help should you get? Well, I'm not a medical doctor (so don't stop taking or reduce any medication dosage you have been prescribed without seeing your doctor first) but drugs have side effects and should be part of short term treatment only or not at all (there is plenty of research out there confirming that). Talking therapy may make you feel better at the time but is not that good at calming your system long term. Exercise, meditation, healthy eating, relaxation and having fun are helpful. You may need to take extended time off work to heal.

If you would like to know more about how working with your subconscious mind can reduce the negative feelings, help you relax, rebuild your confidence and resilience then book a strategy call with me. We take a look at your problem, work out how I can help using my tried and tested SAB (Stress Anxiety Buster) program where I tailor each session to you specifically, and see if we are a good fit to work together. The strategy call is completely free, I give you 45 minutes with me personally. Completely confidential so no one at work has to know. Click this link to book

https://www.calendly.com/traceydewetstrategycall I look forward to hearing from you.

 

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