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Signs of stress

If you’re feeling overwhelmed all the time, you might need to take extra steps to avoid burnout. Photo: Supplied.

In the hustle and bustle of the modern world, feeling stressed is a reality for most people every now and then. However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed all the time, you might need to take extra steps to avoid burnout. Answer these seven questions to find out whether your stress levels are getting the better of you.

Seven questions to find out if you are stressed

1: Do you find it difficult to wind down after a long day at work?

2: Has too much work got in the way of your favourite hobbies and pastimes?

3: Are you too busy to spend quality time with your family and friends?

4: Do you sometimes feel so overwhelmed that you can’t get anything done?

5: Do you feel impatient or anxious very often?

6: Do you sometimes find it difficult to breathe deeply and relax your muscles?

7: Do you get emotional or upset very easily?

How to deal with stress

If you answered ‘yes’ to two or more of these questions, you may be suffering from stress. If so, there are a number of steps you can take to bring some calm back to your life.


Cut down on caffeine and alcohol. Stay hydrated with water or herbal tea instead. Try to reduce your sugar and nicotine intake too.

Exercise and rest

Go for a run or long walk. Do some stretches at your desk. Get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Try some simple meditation or make time to simply sit quietly and breathe deeply for a few minutes.

Time management

Organise your day with a task list and prioritise the most important things to get done. Learn to say ‘no’. You can’t do everything everyone asks.

Talk to someone

Don’t be afraid to ask a family member or close friend for help. It can be a big relief to share your problems. Lastly, if you’re feeling so stressed that you can barely get through the day, consider talking to a professional. There are a number of free services that offer support.



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