Identify common signs and indicators of stress in self and others

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Stress in the workplace can have a severe negative effect on individuals, so it is important that you can recognise the signs and indicators in yourself and others so that you can develop a stress management plan.

Some common signs of stress include:

  • Tiredness
  • Sensitivity/crying
  • Irritation
  • Irrational behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • IBS
  • Heart palpatations
  • Tension
  • Mood swings
  • Strained working relationships

Example question and answer

Describe three common signs or indicators of stress.

There are several signs or indicators that yourself or somebody else is suffering from stress.

It may be a change in eating or sleeping habits, such as a loss of appetite, overeating, being tired all the time or insomnia.

Changes in characteristics, such as being easily irritated, getting angry for no tangible reason or having a lack of motivation can suggest that somebody is stressed.

Oversensitivity or tearfulness is another sign of stress.