What are the signs of stress?
Many of the outward signs of stress are readily noticeable, although the indications will vary considerably between individuals. Stress triggers a number of changes in the body's processes. These changes are often complex and may include:
Stress, when prolonged or particularly intense, may lead to longer term health problems such as:
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- thyroid disorders
- gastrointestinal disturbances
- psychological effects, such as anxiety and depression
Stress can also have detrimental consequences for your colleagues and the University. It can lead to:
- an increase in sickness absence, which can result in workloads being shared among the other staff in your team and possibly causing them stress
- reduced staff morale
- reduced staff performance
- staff seeking alternative employment, giving the University the expense of recruiting, inducting, and training replacement staff
Find out more about common causes of stress.