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By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 6 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Hyperstress Distress Stress Overcoming

In the workplace many of us can feel ‘stressed out’ due to our heavy workloads and tight deadlines; this is what we call hyperstress.

What is Hyperstress?

Hyperstress is the feeling of moving or working beyond your normal capacity.

Sufferers of hyperstress find that they spend most of their working day running around trying to juggle many different tasks and responsibilities some of which may not normally be in their remit. This occurs when there are unexpected absences in the workplace due to sickness, bereavement or any other situation that may result in long periods of absence.

Many people who suffer from the condition known as hyperstress tend not to know they are suffering from it and this is due in no small part to the fact that their lives are so hectic they quite simply do not have the time to stop and think about their own well-being.

Who Suffers From Hyperstress?

Of course it is not just people who work in a fast paced working environment who suffer from this condition.

First time mothers are often prone to bouts of hyperstress because they are not used to the stresses and strains of motherhood. This period of hyperstress can sometimes – if left unchecked – manifest itself as postnatal depression, which can be debilitating and, in some instances, dangerous for both mother and child.

Signs and Symptoms

Sufferers from hyperstress can find that their emotions run wild and the smallest thing can trigger a highly emotional response, this can be very upsetting and difficult to explain. Whereas many of us might not be fazed by a cushion out of place or papers strewn on a desk, sufferers of this particular stress will find these things very annoying to the point where they can break down and cry or experience angry outbursts, which are directed at loved ones or work colleagues.

Reducing Hyperstress

Companies in the United Kingdom are now recognising this type of stress and employ varying methods of reducing stress such as painting their offices in neutral colours, encouraging employees to talk to counsellors or take part in relaxation therapy classes.

Mothers too are encouraged to attend mother and toddler groups where they can meet other parents and discuss their problems and also simply experience a change in scenery. First time mothers who find that they are confined to the family home for long periods of time often find that their home becomes more of a prison for them so the chance to get out and chat with likeminded individuals is a welcome change.

Hyperstress, if left unchecked, can lead to longer periods of stress and indeed depression and can also lead to periods of ill health; something that many stress sufferers experience if their stress goes untreated.

Indeed in the run-up to motherhood expectant mothers are encouraged to attend antenatal classes so that they can become conversant with what to expect both during and after labour.

Hyperstress is something that affects a great many people so it is important that if or someone you know is suffering from it that they seek medical advice. Leaving this particular stress untreated can lead to further complications and indeed ill health.

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