One of the biggest problems with stress is, unlike a cold or a sore back, there can often be little outward or obvious signs that we are getting stressed. This is why many people will carry on doing what they have always done, not seek help or relieve the symptoms, often until it is too late. 
Stress can manifest itself with some physical symptoms and these can include: 
Fatigue - are you finding it harder to get up in the morning? - Are you feeling weary, even when you haven't done any physical exercise? 
Muscular Tension - Does your back feel tense? Do you feel the need to stretch (the way you do when you have a real good yawn) to try and release the tension? 
Headaches - Are you constantly having headaches and find yourself popping pills to gain relief or just trying to put up with it, mindful or any loud noise? 
Heart Palpitations - Do you get the slightly panicky feeling, when your heart feels like it is racing, particularly when you are thinking about one specific thing? 
Sleeping difficulties - Do you have trouble going to sleep, no matter how tired you are? Or do you find yourself waking numerous times during the night, tossing and turning in your bed? 
Gastrointestinal upsets, such as diarrhoea or constipation - even when you haven't eaten anything which would cause the problem and you are generally well in everything else? 
Dermatological disorders - this can include rashes, spots, eczema. 
You should always consult a medical practitioner in the first place, but any of these symptoms could be your body trying to tell you that you are stressed. 
Of course, this doesn't have to be work based, stress at home is just as likely. In fact, talking to many HR Managers, I have found that stress at home is just as much a problem as stress at work - because we tend to bring our problems to work with us. Which means that if we are stressed at home, then we may be distracted, unfocused and snappy at work. 
But how can we prevent being stressed in the first place? 
I believe that a proactive stress strategy is essential in any business. This involves giving people techniques that they can use to de-stress (often mindfulness based), creating an "anchor" to help them when stressed and also powerful re-framing ideas that can turn around the way they deal with their everyday problems. 
To find out about the 1 or 2 hour workshops that I run to proactively prevent stress and build resilience, click here
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