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Managing Stress FAQ: A Guide for University Employees
Frequently Asked Questions
The Health Service Executive defines stress as a mental and physical condition which results from pressure or demands that strain or exceed your capacity or perceived capacity to cope.
The sources of such pressure or demands are called stressors.
It is commonly accepted that not all stress is bad. Stress can in fact help to improve performance and increase productivity in the workplace or at home.
The difference between positive and negative stress is that positive stress is associated with a sense of challenge and excitement however negative stress is dominated by worry, anxiety and agitation.
The symptoms associated with negative stress can differ greatly from person to person and can be either physical or psychological.
Psychological symptoms can range from racing thoughts and speech, lack of impulse control, and feelings of being overpowered, losing control and fearfulness generally. People behave differently to their 'normal' behaviour when under stress. They may be angrier, more confrontational, show less time for others and impose an urgency on situations which is unrealistic for those around them; they also may feel a loss of confidence and self-esteem.
Physical symptoms of stress include chest pains, constipation, diarrhoea, cramps, or muscle spasms, dizziness, fainting spells, biting your nails , nervous twitches, pins and needles, feeling restless, sweating more, sexual difficulties or loss of sexual desire, breathlessness, muscular aches and difficulty sleeping.
Stress can affect your work in a range of ways. Being stressed and under pressure could be indicated by:
- Poor timekeeping
- A decline in performance
- A noticeable change in behavior
- A loss of creativity
- Increased level of mistakes
- Poor judgment
- Difficulty in planning, concentrating or making decisions.
- Strive to maintain a good balance between your work life and your personal life
- Ensure you are getting enough sleep
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Exercise on a regular basis
- Seek help as soon as possible if you begin to notice the signs of stress
- Make time for relaxation, enjoyable social activities or meditation
Managing stress can be a difficult task- In the early stages of stress experience many people tend to avoid the idea that they may be experiencing stress, they may subconsciously try and comfort their stress through actions such as excessive eating, smoking or drinking alcohol. If the stress is not managed in the early stages, it can worsen quickly and have serious consequences on an individual
NUIG Counseling's service has devised a fact sheet on the ways to manage stress. This can be applied to both your working environment and your personal life.
Further Information can be found through the following link: Stress Management at NUIG
From time to time members of staff may encounter students suffering from stress or are distressed. Quite often the distressed student may also be underperforming academically. Sometimes students may try to mask their distress by attributing academic underperformance to some other cause.
In order to acknowledge, respond and refer a student in distress, NUIG have produced a guide for all staff members to utilise which can be found through the following link: