STRESS ASSESSMENT Things to think about?

· Do you find yourself getting less joy from your work and feeling a sense of burnout?

· Do you find yourself drinking alcohol more to relax, smoking to deal with stress or using other “vices”?

· Do you find yourself getting upset by quite trivial things?

· Do you experience breathing difficulty (i.e. excessively rapid breathing) or sweaty palms?

· Do you tend to overreact to situations?

· Do you find yourself getting impatient when delayed in anyway, like by elevators, traffic lights, or people who keep you waiting?

· Is your sex life suffering (low libido)?

· Is it hard for you to calm down after something upsets you?

· Do you have trouble sleeping throughout the night?

· Do you experience “Road rage”?

· Do you have trouble concentrating?

· Do you find yourself catching colds often or just can’t seem to get over it?

What is Stress: Definition- a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances?

Stress can be both positive and negative.

Positive Stress : Protective: During acute stress the Fight or Flight sensory to prevent you from danger using your sympathetic system pushing hormones out to the body as the adreneal gland releases adreanaline and noradrenaline. (Increase in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, dilated pupils and body becomes tense). The body takes 20-60 minutes to return to pre-stressed state.

Negative Stress over a period of time becomes a “new normal” and results in a standard of living. This standard can lead to Increase in Cortisol (production of fat) which can lead to Eating disorders and obesity, Lower Immunity, High Blood Pressure