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Early Warning Signs & Coping Mechanisms

A simple little checklist for you to get an idea if you might be heading for a crash

Early Warning Signs & Coping Mechanisms: List

How many are familiar to you?

Early Warning Signs

  • Headaches increasing in number and severity

  • Migraine with vomiting or visual disturbance

  • Vertigo

  • Feeling stressed with a 'normal' workload

  • Panic attacks

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Anxiety, busy racing mind

  • Irritable Bowel (or Bladder) Syndrome

  • Pins and Needles in the face

  • Dizzy feeling in the head

  • Palpitations

  • Sleep problems

  • Waking exhausted

  • Sudden bouts of total exhaustion, often before you are due to do something you don't truly enjoy

  • Fuzzy head, poor concentration, brain fog

  • Short term memory problems/ poor memory recall

  • Jangly or judderey feeling inside your body

  • Struggle to cope with noise 

  • Light sensitivity

  • Low mood

  • Tearful

  • Reaction to caffeine

  • Poor tolerance to alcohol

  • Unexplained pains in muscles and joints

Coping Mechanisms

  • Caffeine

  • Energy drinks

  • Lucozade

  • Alcohol

  • Anti-depressants

  • Sleeping tablets (from your GP or over the counter)

  • Comfort eating

  • Sugary snacks "to keep you going"

  • Starting a gym routine to build your stamina and combat exhaustion but unable to actually keep it going

  • Withdrawing from social events and activities

  • Screening phone calls

  • Dishonestly about how you feel when asked

  • Putting on an act or a brave face

  • Blame of circumstances and hope that something will just change so you feel OK again

  • Taking time off work just to stay in bed and rest

  • Going to bed really early every night just to be able to get up in time for work the next morning

  • Expect and hope energy levels will somehow just get better on their own

  • Perhaps seeing therapists and practitioners to help you feel better, hopping from one to the next as none get you well enough

  • Feeling more and more as though life isn't working like it should for you anymore.

Perhaps its time to consider a supported approach with me.

Early Warning Signs & Coping Mechanisms: List
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