About to snap ? Take our test to discover your stress trigger – and get expert help stopping it !
From moving house to taking a flight, we all have our stressful moments. But if you’re one of the 44% who suffer from persistent stress, it can have a huge impact on everything from your emotional health to your waistline. And studies reveal women are more likely to suffer than men.
Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan, author of Fast Asleep, Wide Awake, explains it’s partly down to the role women naturally assume.
“The combination of managing a job alongside looking after partners, children and elderly parents can make women more at risk of burnout.”
Take the test to discover your trigger…
- COLLEAGUES OFTEN PRAISE YOU FOR…
- Your high standards
- The effort you make
- Your diligence
- How absorbed you get
- BUT SOMETIMES YOU STUGGLE TO…
- Stay calm
- Manage deadlines
- Get everything done
- YOU’D DESCRIBE YOUR AVERAGE DAY AS…
- WITHIN YOUR FRIENDSHIP GROUP YOU’RE…
- The connector
- The doer
- The leader
- The analyser
- AT HOME YOU’RE GENERALLY…
- Running around after everyone else
- Trying to find things
- Checking everyone is OK
- YOUR PARTNER WOULD LIKE YOU TO…
- Get home earlier
- Stop overthinking
- Be on time
- Stop checking emails
- YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE MORE…
- Time alone
- Down time
STRESS TRIGGER: DISORGANISATION
While you’re creative and engaged, your lack of planning adds pressure.
“Small things have a huge impact on your mood. If you get up late, you’ll rush to work and worry all the way there,” says Dr. Ramlakhan.
“Set your alarm earlier for more relaxed start. Write your to-do list in order of importance. Set pockets for keys and phone and have regular tidying sessions. Invest in storage for important items and daily clutter.”
STRESS TRIGGER: BEING A WORRIER
You’re ultra-conscientious, but your anxious tendencies can be exhausting. And when you’re running on empty, you’re even more prone to panic thinking.
“I don’t like the phrase ‘natural worrier’ because it makes people think this is something they can’t change,” says Dr. Ramlakhan.
Rather than assuming the worst, try exploring other possible outcomes and how you would deal with them.
“Write these down – just putting pen to paper can help you feel more calm. Also make a note afterwards when these worst-case scenarios haven’t manifested – to retrain your way of thinking.
STRESS TRIGGER: TAKING ON TOO MUCH
If multitasking was a sport, you’d be the captain, coach and star player all rolled into one. But while you may wow others with your workload, it can affect your quality of life.
“Multitasking can be very taxing – you’re expecting your brain to make continual switches and somehow keep up. Plus, it’s a never-ending stream – you can spend all day glued to various screens without ever feeling you’ve got the job done,” says Dr. Ramlakham.
Try changing the way you start and end your day. Ban technology at these times, and instead read a book, write a journal or do activities like baking, where you’re fully immersed in a single task. Repetitive movements – like those involved in knitting – can aid relaxation.
STRESS TRIGGER: PERFECTIONISM
From morning to night, you’re looking after your partner, family and colleagues, determined not to let a ball drop. But this adds a lot of pressure.
“I see many women who function at this high level and they can’t switch off or ask for help. But being constantly ‘on’ affects their sleep and energy,” explains Dr. Ramlakhan.
Avoiding using ‘should’ and ‘must’.
“Honestly assess priorities and write a ‘tomorrow list’ so you can let go of less urgent stuff. And remember, you don’t have to do it all.”
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