Burnout after a long period of being stressed out is no joke and there’s a good chance you are missing the physical signs you are stressed out.

Last week I shared a blog about the 10 Emotional Signs You are Stressed Out. 

This week my focus is on the physical signs you are stressed out. I missed so many of these as I was burning out.

I thought the things which were happening to me were a normal part of life as Primary School Headteacher especially the coughs and colds.

Goodness did I get a lot of coughs and colds in the run up to burn out. 😔

I put it down to being around small, snotty children but, the thing was, that before becoming so stressed, I rarely caught those pesky germs!

Stress stops your immune system working properly and that was why I was getting ill so often.

I shared some statistics about stress in my post last week but here are some more.

The Workplace Health Report: 2022 revealed how UK professionals are impacted by stress.

  • 34% moderate
  • 26% moderate to high
  • 7% high

That’s a total of 67% reporting stress in the range moderate and above.

And there’s more from ciphr

  • The overwhelming majority (79%) of UK adults feel stressed at least one day a month
  • On average, a typical UK adult feels stressed approximately 8.27 days a month. That’s more than twice a week!
  • Nearly half (49%) of UK adults admit to feeling stressed five or more days each month

This is not sustainable for our economy but most of this is not sustainable for the individuals involved.

I have mentioned the consequences of stress induced burnout for me but I think it is worth repeating that:

  • I didn’t work for a year.
  • I had many days when I could not do even basic tasks.
  • I even had days when I could not even eat.
  • I gave up my 20 year career in education.

I missed many of the physical signs of stress. I had no idea they were not normal.

We have to stop normalising stress and its symptoms as just being part of modern life.


Please take a moment to read the physical signs of stress here and if you would like a copy of the PDF version of this, please drop me an email (clare@claredownham.com)

  • Blurred eyesight or sore eyes
  • Sleep problems and fatigue
  • Muscle aches and headaches
  • Chest pains and high blood pressure
  • Indigestion, hearburn, constipation or diarrhoea
  • Feeling sick, dizzy or fainting
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Developing rashes, itchy skin or sweating
  • Changes to menstual cycle
  • Health problems getting worse or getting more sick

And if you recognise yourself in those physical signs you are stressed out please don’t wait. Reach out now!

Stress does not have to be part of your life!!

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You can watch me talk more about this topic on the video or catch up via my podcast below.

10 Physical Signs You are Stressed Out

by Clare Downham - Queen of Calm | The Calmcast