Unit name: Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 9. Know how to manage own stress
Assessment criteria: 9.1 Identify common signs and indicators of stress in self and others
Stress is when the pressures of work and life build up so much that you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. As well as having an adverse effect on yourself, it also has an impact on the care workforce and so employers are encouraged to support their employees to manage stress effectively.
To effectively manage stress, you will first need to understand how to recognise the symptoms and indicators of stress in yourself. It can also help you to recognise stress in others so that you can offer them support or somebody to talk to. Some indicators of stress are listed below, however, it is important to remember that not everyone experiences stress in the same way:
- Physical indicators – headaches, tiredness, constipation, susceptibility to colds and cold sores, high blood pressure or pulse.
- Emotional indicators – crying, anger, irritability, anxiety, sadness
- Behavioural indicators – not eating or sleeping properly, withdrawing from social interaction, isolation, not seeking or enjoying activities that were previously pleasurable