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 ⇒ Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Level 3 Diploma Optional Units ⇒ Unit 366 Knowledge, skills and behaviour expected of a lead adult care worker ⇒ 1.8 Describe signs and symptoms of stress in self and colleagues

1.8 Describe signs and symptoms of stress in self and colleagues

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 366 Knowledge, skills and behaviour expected of a lead adult care worker
Learning outcome: 1 Know the behaviours expected of the lead adult care worker
Assessment criteria: 1.8 Describe signs and symptoms of stress in self and colleagues

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  • Working in the care sector can be very demanding and stressful
  • Some stress is good because it motivates it, however, long-term chronic stress can be very serious
  • Therefore, lead adult care workers should be able to spot possible signs, symptoms, and triggers of stress in themselves and others, so that appropriate action can be taken to remedy it
  • Signs and symptoms of stress include:
  • Physical Signs:
    • Experiencing headaches, muscle tension, or unexplained aches and pains.
    • Changes in appetite, either increased or decreased.
    • Feeling constantly fatigued, despite adequate rest.
    • Noticing changes in sleeping patterns, such as insomnia or oversleeping.
  • Emotional Signs:
    • Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope with everyday tasks.
    • Experiencing mood swings, irritability, or frustration.
    • Feeling anxious, nervous, or constantly worried.
    • Feeling sad, down, or in a state of hopelessness.
  • Mental Signs:
    • Difficulty concentrating or focusing on tasks.
    • Struggling with decision-making or memory recall.
    • Constantly feeling negative or having a pessimistic outlook.
    • Racing thoughts or an inability to quiet the mind.
  • Behavioural Signs:
    • Withdrawing from social interactions or activities once enjoyed.
    • Increased use of substances like alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine.
    • Exhibiting nervous behaviors, such as nail-biting or pacing.
    • Changes in work performance, such as decreased productivity or increased absenteeism.
  • Changes in Work Habits:
    • Procrastination or avoiding work-related tasks.
    • Decreased engagement or motivation in work activities.
    • Increased mistakes or accidents at work.
    • Conflicts with colleagues or management.
    • Understanding and recognizing these signs and symptoms in oneself and colleagues is crucial for early intervention and stress management.
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