We cope with things best when we have sufficient capacity to deal with them. It’s useful to have some way of monitoring your own levels of demand and pressure to ensure that, should you approach the red line on the dial that indicates danger, you know when to pull back in good time, and while you still can.

Ignoring the signals puts us at risk from the negative effects of stress and, eventually burnout.

How do you monitor your stress levels? Do you recognise when you need to make some changes to avoid stress and burnout? From my experience, many people don’t (admittedly I’ve usually asked people this when they are either complaining of stress or trying to learn about it, so my sample may be skewed).

We are best at coping best when we have sufficient capacity to deal with pressure. It’s useful to have some way of monitoring your levels of demand to ensure you have sufficient reserves.

The thing is, if you see the red line approaching while it is still some way off, you can act to avoid becoming a victim of stress. If you only find out about the red line when you trip over it, it’s too late!

Stress management is best done when stress is not an issue. It’s left effective if you wait until you are not coping. That’s when you have the capacity to learn, plan and strategise. Many people only think about it too late though, when they are already in trouble.