There are just a few episodes left of our Stress Awareness Series! In Episode Five we focus on symptoms.

Julian explains that while we can research this ourselves online, there is a common list of symptoms we can familiarise ourselves with to look after ourselves and others.

Watch the video below to learn more!

Estimated watch time: 3 minutes

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Like most of us, if you can’t watch this at work, you can always come back later when it suits you! Alternatively, we have picked out Julians top key points from this episode for you to read below.

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Episode Five: Symptoms To Recognise

Julian explains that the symptoms we need to look for are divided into three separate categories: physical, emotional and behavioural.

So, what should we look for in our loved ones and colleagues?

Physical Stress

  • If someone is prone to minor illnesses, they may suffer coughs and colds on a regular basis.
  • They may have a visual flare up of  skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
  • Regularly complaining of muscle aches –  back and shoulders in particular
  • Frequents episodes of IBS (irritable bowel system) or frequent headaches
  • They may have difficulty sleeping

Emotional Stress

  • If someone has a circular thought process
  • They may be experiencing issues with their memory
  • Feeling tense and agitated/ or intolerant of other people

Behavioural Stress

If you suspect that someone is stressed, you will sometimes see a switch in their personality type. People who are naturally more of an introvert may suddenly become very animated. In direct contrast, a very outgoing person may suddenly become very withdrawn and quiet.

It’s really good to be aware of these symptoms as if you or someone you know are ticking quite a few of these, then it is likely you have something that needs addressing.

Thank you for watching our fifth episode!
We hope you find Julian’s advice valuable and feel confident in spotting the symptoms of stress. Please feel free to comment your views and share to raise awareness!
If you want to invest in some extra guidance in your workplace, why not look into our courses? We offer Mental Health First Aid Courses, and you can read all about them right here.


Jessica Clarke-Wheatley

Jessica Clarke-Wheatley

Jessica is the Brand and Communications Officer nationally for SkillBase First Aid. She loves sharing stories about how SkillBase First Aid turns people in 'Standby-Superheroes'.

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