If you've been overdoing things, your body has a way of telling you.
If you recognise any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from the effects of stress, or overfilling your programme:
feelings of anxiety
irrational and inappropriate bursts of anger and aggression
struggling to concentrate
increased or decreased appetite
In severe situations you could experience overwhelming stress to the point of so-called burn-out, experiencing extreme fatigue and loss of interest in normal activities.
Since research has shown that high levels of stress have a negative impact on our immune systems, and hence on our general state of health, it is not unusual for the stressed-out among us to suffer constantly from colds, or other infections or illnesses.
But stress is very much part of the modern lifestyle – traffic, interest rates, school activities and meetings, meetings, meetings. Take some time to learn a few stress management techniques such as:
10 workplace stressors
(Joanne Hart, Health24, updated July 2009)