How to recognise work related anxiety and/or stress
Some FAQs and our best answers on recognising workplace stress / anxiety.
How do I know if I have workplace anxiety / stress?
- Feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope.
- Cognitive difficulties, such as a reduced ability to concentrate or make decisions.
What health problems are made worse by being under stress?
- Depression and anxiety
- Pain of any kind
- Sleep problems
- Autoimmune diseases
- Digestive problems
- Skin conditions, such as eczema
- Heart disease
- Weight problems
- Reproductive issues
- Thinking and memory problems
Are there different types of symptoms that will tell me if I’m suffering from stress or anxiety?
The short answer is yes, there are a variety of different types of symptoms that will help identify the problems you’re facing. Look at the next 4 Q&As below, and remember to seek professional medical advice from your GP on your particular case.
What Cognitive symptoms am I likely to suffer from if I’m suffering from stress / anxiety?
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
What Emotional symptoms am I likely to suffer from if I’m suffering from stress / anxiety?
- Depression or general unhappiness
- Anxiety and agitation
- Moodiness, irritability, or anger
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Loneliness and isolation
- Other mental or emotional health problems
What Physical symptoms am I likely to suffer from if I’m suffering from stress / anxiety?
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heart rate
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds or flu
What Behavioral symptoms am I likely to suffer from if I’m suffering from stress / anxiety?
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Withdrawing from others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
If you recognise multiples of these behaviours/symptoms, you must be sure to seek professional medical advice from your GP as soon as possible. Be sure to ask for an adult mental health referral, as all residents in the UK are entitled to free counselling and treatment from a mental health professional upon receiving a GP’s referral.
What symptoms am I likely to experience if I’m suffering from workplace anxiety or stress?
The lists above at questions 4-7 cover the symptoms you will experience, and if the root cause of these symptoms is your job then seek advice from family or friends about changing your working environment to help alleviate the cause of your stress.
Are there ways I can better manage my workplace stress?
- Tell a trusted coworker.
- Educate yourself.
- Practice time management.
- Plan and prepare.
- Be realistic.
- Ask for help.
What one thing can I do to better manage my stress / anxiety?
The Linden Method has proven time and time again to be an effective anxiety CURE – Contact us for mental health treatment. Asking for help is the first step.
Your GP is a trained medical professional, and so they’re not going to judge or scorn you – they will be sympathetic and professional, and they will respond to your request for trained professional help.
All you have to do to get help, is ask.