Coping with short and long term stress

April 7, 2016   //   No Comments

stress smallThe government’s FitforWork service recently reported on the difference between short and long-term stress and the symptoms that may signify a problem. Generally, once a stressful situation is over, people suffering from short-term stress can recuperate and get back to normal.  In some cases, however, stress is prolonged or long-term and can cause a number of physical/behavioural and mental/emotional effects, which can be damaging over time. For some, the build-up of stress can ultimately culminate in ‘burn-out’ (i.e. an inability to cope). Symptoms of longer-term stress can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint, mainly because people adapt to feeling the way they do. These symptoms can include change in appetite or sleep patterns, susceptibility to common illnesses, difficulty making decisions and mood changes.  You may read the whole report here.

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