Sleep has become a chore. You may be spending your nights tossing and turning at the thought of what awaits you at the office the following day. As a result of the lack of sleep, your cognitive abilities aren't as sharp. Having fewer hours of rest can have an adverse affect on your memory and capacity to learn, Scott notes.
Cure: Get more rest. On average, Americans sleep for six hours and 51 minutes on workdays, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll this year. While the amount of sleep needed can differ from person to person, Scott recommends getting seven to eight hours for the best work performance. "We're less reactive to stress when we're rested," she says, adding that being well-rested leads to greater energy and sharper thinking, which is critical for solving the more complex issues of your job.
You feel burnt out. If work stress is a constant part of your life, a more serious condition like burnout could be on the horizon. According to Bryan Robinson, a North Carolina-based psychotherapist and author of "The Smart Guide to Managing Stress," burnout can lead to feelings of despair and depression and leave "your sense of meaning and purpose compromised."
Cure: Seek professional help. Consider seeing a therapist if you're at the tipping point both physically and mentally and trying to tackle your stress on your own seems overwhelming. "Someone whose personality or upbringing is more vulnerable to stress, because they don't see themselves as empowered … [may] need more psychological help so they can start to understand how they can become more stress-resilient," Robinson says.