Sometimes it is easier to see stress in others than it is to see it in yourself. You can look out for these signs and symptoms in others – but don’t be surprised if others see them in you too!
People who are stressed:
- Disregard or minimise safety issues and put themselves or others at risk.
- May have mood changes, seem depressed or experience/exhibit symptoms of anxiety.
- Lose confidence, talk about sleeping badly, have slow reactions or behave oddly.
- Are less able to get along with people that they used to work well with.
- Develop long–term health problems such as physical or psychiatric disease.
- Become irritable and indecisive, or perform poorly and make more mistakes.
- Drink more alcohol/coffee/stimulants than usual or use recreational drugs.
- Complain about their health and, for example, get frequent headaches and stomach upsets.
If you see these in yourself or others, find a way to approach that person non-confrontationally and discuss what you see them doing or how they are behaving. Sometimes we just need a mirror held up for us, to be able to start tackling the issues.