Stress

Are you busy or stressed? When does the balance tip from short-term, beneficial stress to a long-term stress condition which is harmful for you? Stress is not an illness but it can cause serious illness. Therefore, you should react if you experience symptoms of long-term stress in yourself or others.

What is stress

Stress can be defined as a state of physical and mental overload. Stress can occur when external demand or the individual's own demands exceed the resources available.

You can prevent stress by strengthening your mental health.

5 tips to less stress

If you experience several of the following symptoms for a long period of time, it might be a sign of stress

  • Palpitations
  • Headache
  • Sweat
  • Inner agitation
  • Stomach aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Frequent infections
  • Worsening of chronic disease, such as psoriasis and diabetes

 

Source: Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Arbejdsmiljø

If you experience several of the following symptoms for a long period of time, it might be a sign of stress

  • Disinclination
  • Fatigue
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Low mood

 

Source: Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Arbejdsmiljø

If you experience several of the following symptoms for a long period of time, it might be a sign of stress

  • Insomnia
  • Lack of engagement
  • Aggression
  • Irritability
  • Indecisiveness
  • Increased use of stimulants, such as coffee, cigarettes and alcohol
  • Increased sickness absence

 

Source: Det Nationale Forskningscenter for Arbejdsmiljø 

Do you think that it is difficult or transgressive to talk about stress? Here are 5 tips to start the dialogue.

1. Be direct: Say openly and honestly why you are concerned. For example, you can say: I think you seem sad and that worries me.

2. Be yourself:Do not be afraid to say something wrong. Silence and isolation is worse. Admit if you find it difficult to talk about or understand.

3. Be interested: Do not think that you can or should solve other people's mental problems. Be inquisitive and ask how the person is feeling. Listen, show interest and offer your support and help.

4. Be persistent:Do not give up if you are rejected. It is a completely normal reaction. Tell the person that you are here if he/she needs to talk or needs help.

5. Be committed:The term stress is often indiscriminately used for general busy periods. If you feel unsure about whether to react to what you see, it may help you search for knowledge about what stress is and what the signs are.

 

Source: mentalsundhed.dk

Remember to rest and take breaks

Stress is a state of strain or tension that eats into your physical and mental resources. When you sleep and relax, you allow your body to recover. If you do not get enough rest, a sleep debt will accumulate and the stress will break down and harm your health.

In a state of stress, we will often seek to win time by skipping breaks and meals with the risk of burning the candle at both ends. Therefore, remember to take time to recharge.

 

Source: Arbejdsmiljø i Danmark

Take both elements seriously

A state of stress will affect you so you might have difficulties falling asleep. At the same time, a good night's sleep is essential for being able to resist stress.

If you do not sleep well, you have to do something to bring down your stress level, and if you are stressed, you have to pay particular attention to prioritising your sleep.

Kim Steen Nielsen

Talk about stress

Mental health problems can be caused by factors at work and outside work. You can do a lot yourself to avoid stress, but if you get stressed, it is important to talk to your superior – the sooner the better.

Kim Steen Nielsen

React to serious stress

If you sense that you are seriously stressed, you have to react here and now. Seek medical advice to clarify your situation.

If you do not have the energy to act on it, it is important that you ask for help.

If you have health insurance, that will often be able to help you.