• All staff must be accountable and accounted for
9. KNOW HOW TO MANAGE OWN STRESS
9.1 Identify common signs and indicators of stress Different people deal with stress in different ways, but here is a list of mental and physical symptoms to help you understand if youʹre stressed.
The mental symptoms may involve an individual being:
• Always hungry, or having no appetite
• Crying often
• Have trouble sleeping and feel tired
• Have trouble concentrating
The physical symptoms may involve:
• Chest pains
• Constipation, or diarrhoea
• Cramps, or muscle aches
• Feeling dizzy, or fainting
• Engaging in nervous behavior like biting your nails
• Twitches, or experiencing pins and needles
• Feeling restless
• Having sexual problems, from erectile dysfunction to lowered sex drive • Feeling breathless
• Canʹt sleep
Having just a few of these symptoms may indicate stress, and should be addressed.. 9.2 Identify circumstances that tend to trigger own stress When someone is in a stressful situation, their body releases the hormones cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline, and these go on to cause the physical symptoms of stress. They may start sweating, and your blood pressure and heart rate may rise. This, in turn, may undermine their immune system, making them more susceptible to illness, as well as lead their body to release fat and sugar into your blood stream, which may lead you to gain weight. As stress raises your blood pressure, if you are stressed in the long term, an individual can develop high blood pressure, which in turn can increase the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. So, whatever it is that causes stress is called a “stressor”. This could be a situation or a person that is directly involved in an individuals life. We tend to associate these stressors as negativities in life just like endless family or work feuds and hectic work schedule.
In the many aspects of our lives, we commonly get these stressors over traumatic experiences such as the death of a loved one or a divorce case. Family is one of the biggest causes of stress. Family issues and arguments would lead a person to develop negative stress. Another very huge factor is financial problems. We all get stressed over issues with money and expenses which can directly affect other aspects of our lives.
Work is also topping the most common and biggest reasons of stress by most of us. Let us elaborate more on some of the top ranking stressors in our lives.
Major Stress Triggers
Stress is becoming a major problem in the workplace. People worry so much about getting a lot of things to do, no proper compensation, poor performance, and demanding bosses and even co‐workers. When the level of work performance does not meet the company’s expectations, you worry about getting fired and losing the job. But the very common factor would be the pressure we get from too many tasks. Stress is usually triggered when you are nearing the deadline and you are still halfway your work. Financial problem is a major stress factor. When money is the issue, we feel so down and helpless. In fact, money issue is even one of the biggest causes of our parents’ arguments. We feel stressed when we are unable to provide for our own expenses. When we find it hard to sustain a living, it makes us terribly upset.
Family is a heavy stressor, too. If it is not on our work and money matters, the problems that we carry are sometimes rooted from within our family setting. It could be unsettled arguments between and among family members or parents settling on divorce.
Even the health in the family members can cause stress, too. The entire family gets worried about a member getting sick or injured. Major changes such as relocation can also be a stressor for the family. Another leading cause of stress in our lives is personal concerns and issues. We all have our own issues...