Struggling with Stress?



Stress is the body’s physical response to pressure, whether it is mental or emotional.

Acute stress and burnout  occurs in individuals in response to exceptional physical or psychological stress.

Many factors can add to our stress levels. Common stressors are work, relationships, family life and money.


Stress is a fairly common experience, and as we have already discussed, some stress is good for us and is not harmful. It keeps us at the top of our game, helps us achieve goals, and makes us feel exhilarated.


“Fight or flight” hormones are released when we feel under attack. They are intended to get us out of danger by preparing us for attack. In Caveman days, this danger would be in the form of an animal or enemy attack.


Athletes, Runners and Sports people actively seek this kind of bodily stress as they love the endorphin release it gives them.

Once the danger has passed, the body usually returns to normal. However, if a person is constantly under pressure, this might not be the case.


The symptoms of stress may manifest as:

  • Constantly worrying about problems at work, never ‘switching off’

  • Feeling tired, because the body and mind are in overdrive, leaving you drained

  • Not getting a good night’s sleep, especially at the end of your days off

  • Dreading going to work

  • Becoming less effective at work, because being stressed makes you indecisive, and also affects short term memory and concentration.

  • Low mood, depression

  • Lack of enjoyment of leisure time.

  • Feeling like you are on a treadmill

  • Spending less time with your family and friends begins to affect relationships


Burnout often takes place over a longer time period, and is thought to be a result of excessive stress. The build-up of too much stress without

let-up may cause a person to shut down or burn out.

Although stress is an essential pre-requisite for burnout, burnout is not necessarily the result of too much stress. For burnouts to

occur there must be an additional psychological factor.

It is a cycle of negative emotions, paralysis and withdrawal caused by mental, emotional and physical exhaustion.

Physical symptoms can include:

low energy


muscle tension

digestive disorders

frequent colds and changes in sleep patterns.


Its mental symptoms include:

feeling sad



unappreciated and irritable

These symptoms can result in withdrawal, accidents, increased sick days and crying.

One may increase their consumption of food or alcohol to soothe themselves.

The thing you need to appreciate as a Manager is that you have the potential to intervene and prevent stress from turning into burnout.

To reverse the negative cycle, the person needs to relieve the exhaustion of stress by taking control of the situation, getting appropriate

support and overcoming the sense of hopelessness. Exercise and relaxation is helpful.


How can the manager recognize stress?

Stress is defined in terms of how it affects a person’s physical and psychological health, and occurs when the demands on a person

exceeds their ability to cope, when they view a situation as too strenuous to handle, and it disrupts their psychological equilibrium.

By definition, what is stressful for one person is not stressful for another, who may find it challenging, but not stressful.

Whether a person experiences work-related stress depends on factors such as their job, their psychological make-up, their personal

life and general health.


This presents a problem for management, as it makes it difficult to judge what is likely to cause stress at work for an individual.

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