Common Signs of Stress and Possible Triggers.

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Common Signs of Stress and Possible Triggers. Stress can cause changes in those experiencing it. In some cases there are clear signs that people are experiencing stress at work and if these can be identified early, action can be taken before the pressure becomes a problem. This may make it easier to reduce and eliminate the causes. It is important that everyone looks out for changes in a person's or a group's behaviour. However, in many cases the changes may only be noticeable to the person subject to the stress and so it is also important to look at how you are feeling and try to identify any potential issues you may have as early as possible and take positive action to address them; this may be raising the matter with a Team Leader, talking to occupational health or your own GP. Stress can show itself in many different ways - see below. Some of the items in this list may not be signs of stress if people always behave this way. You are particularly looking for changes in the way people behave that could be linked with excessive pressures. Signs of stress in individuals If you are suffering from some of the following symptoms it may indicate that you are feeling the effects of stress. If you find that work or aspects of your work bring on or make these symptoms worse, speak to your line manager, trade union representative or your HR department. It may be that some action taken at an early stage will ease the stress and reduce or stop the symptoms. Emotional symtons Negative or depressive feeling. Disappointment with yourself. Increased emotional reactions - more tearful or sensitive or aggressive. Loneliness. Withdrawn. Loss of motivation commitment and confidence. Mood swings (not behavioural) Mental Confusion, indecision. Can’t concentrate. Poor memory. Depression Changes from your normal

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