Recognise the signs
According to the Australian Psychological Society, on average, 32 per cent of Australians report that work-related issues are a cause of stress and poor psychological wellbeing. Too much stress can leave people feeling anxious, depressed, exhausted and disengaged from their work. It is important to try and recognise the signs and symptoms of stress early and seek assistance to manage stress, before it starts to have a negative impact on mental health.
The common symptoms of stress can be divided into four categories: physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural. The following table outlines some of the key symptoms:
|Headaches||Difficulty concentrating||Anger||Increased alcohol use|
|Chest tightness||Worrying||Depression||Increased caffeine use|
|Fatigue||Thoughts of death||Poor self-esteem||Drug use|
|Stomach cramps||Poor attention to detail||Moodiness||Violence|
|Difficulty breathing||Perfectionist tendencies||Suspiciousness||Overeating|
|Loss of sexual interest||Feeling helpless||Weeping||Relationship conflict|
|Insomnia||Catastrophising||Loss of motivation||Decreased activity|
If you notice that you or one of your colleagues is exhibiting some of the symptoms, seek appropriate assistance. Asking for help may be as simple as talking to your manager or supervisor about work-related factors that might be increasing stress, such as high workloads and tight timeframes.
Other strategies to manage stress may include:
- keeping physically active
- eating well
- limiting alcohol intake
- talking about your feelings with peers, friends, family or a professional
- getting involved and making a contribution in your community e.g. caring for someone else or volunteering
- learning a new skill
For more information about work-related stress, go to work-related stress webpage.
- Last updated
- 11 August 2017