Some of us try and work through it. We find ways of coping and moving forward, whereas some of us can feel that we tend to notice some of the symptoms and causes of stress and in turn these can manifest into our lives. Stress and I suppose feeling stressed can be seen as part of everyday life, but when things are getting too much it can take over. I wanted to share with you some of the signs to look out for when it comes to feeling stressed and when you need to take action to sort things.
A change in the way you look
There can be massive changes in the way you look when it comes to feeling the effects of stress. The changes can be quite gradual, and sometimes as the individual you may not notice. But people around you may start to pick up on things. It could be a change in your skin tone or condition. Where you skin is drier or perhaps more prone to acne. It could be that you lose a significant amount of weight, or on the opposite end of the scale put on weight. Look out for change sin your appearance and try and understand why these changes may be occurring.
Sleep can be hugely affected by stress. Not getting enough sleep due to the feelings of stress can be a huge deal, as it can start to affect your life in other ways. Stress causes issues with sleep in a number of ways. It can have you worrying about things in the night causing you to not be able to naturally fall asleep or settle. It can mean you wake up in the night several times and struggle to fall back asleep or wake up too early. No sleep means that you are irritable and can be affected in other ways.
Becoming dependant on something
What you might find is that if you are feeling the effects of stress, that you start to look for ways of dealing with it, and sometimes that means that you can become dependent on things. You may from a different relationship with food, perhaps overeating or not eating enough. It might be that you turn to other substances to numb the issue, that might be drugs where you may find that you need help from a drug rehab, or even alcohol, maybe drinking more than you should be in the evenings or during the day. Try and take notice in a change to your behaviour and habits, it may identify an underlying issue that is feeding your stress levels.
A negative mindset
Your mindset can play a big part in your daily life. Not having a positive mindset can mean that you start to feel more negative towards things. You may find that your thought process changes, perhaps when you are feeling particular stressed you may start to feel hopeless regarding certain situations. Your thoughts then may change to a more bleeker outlook on life and the situation in hand. You may start to notice more negative thoughts creep in, more negative language used in your daily life, and these can be signs that the stress is taking over a little more than you would like.
Stress can lead on to other things that you could be struggling with, and one of those things might be an issue with your mental health. Anxiety can be a big cause of stress as you start to consider how you feel in certain situations and circumstances. Anxiety can be alongside other mental health worries such as depression, or it can even be the only cause to lead on to symptoms of depression and feelings that can feel a little out of your control.
Not being able to function day to day
Have you ever felt that your stress levels are causing you not to be able to function with your day to day activities. It might be that you find that you are losing your patience with things. Maybe you are struggling to meet deadlines and meet targets within the workplace. Perhaps these are the reasons why you feel stressed in the first place and you are adding fuel to the fire each day. It can be quite difficult to overcome this.
Your mood changes
Stress can affect you in so many different ways, and this can be a big part of your daily life and one of the things that can be affected is your mood. You may start to notice that your mood changes. Perhaps you feel a little more stressed out and start to snap at people, maybe you feel down and out, or maybe you feel anger or frustration. These are big factors of mood changes and as a mood change can be a symptom of other things like depression and anxiety, it should be noted that the mood changes could have much to do with your stress levels.
A change in your habits
Finally, have you noticed a change in your habits. Perhaps you have noticed that to forget about how you are feeling you are overcompensating in other ways, which could be spending money that you don’t have, or changing in habits of what you eat or drink. It can be overwhelming to realise that you may be doing more harm than good. But it is important to understand your habits and look out for any negative changes.
I hope that this has made you more aware of some of the ways stress can get a little too much.