Young Adults (18-35) reported the highest levels of stress and distress compared to any other age group. With with one in five reporting that current stress was having a strong to very strong impact on mental health. So how can you tell when you’re in a state of overwhelming stress that significantly effects your wellbeing? Here are the four signs to look out for:
1. Constant Worrying & Anxiety
When your are in a state of constant stress you feel constantly worried as anxious thoughts race through your head making you unable to concentrate on the task at hand. You then develop poor judgement and decision making skills and can only see the negative outcomes in the situations being presented to you.
If you are at the stage where you are at risk of chronic stress you emotional state shifts. You become irritable, moody, short tempered and feel an inability to relax which can cause some to isolate themselves from others. You feel completely overwhelmed because you have not taken time out to relax and to distant yourself from whats worrying you. You believe you are completely submerged in anxiety and stress that you begin to feel a sense of loneliness and depression as you distance yourself from everyone around you.
3. Physical Symptoms
Mental stress can cause physical pain as it starts taking a toll on your body. You develop aches and pains some feeling chest pains with rapid heart beats from anxiety. Nausea and dizziness are common symptoms of stress with some individuals developing diarrhea or constipation. Your body is drained of energy from constant worrying and so you become lethargic and weak which opens up your immune system to frequent cold and flues. In this state many have a loss of their sex drive.
4. Sleep Loss & Nervous Habits
Without you taking time out to collect yourself and relax, stress can cause sever changes in your behaviour. Some develop a loss of appetite as a result of over stress whilst other may eat more than they usually do. Victims of stress suffer from lack of sleep from constant worrying and anxiety which drastically impacts your cognitive skills and motor function of the brain which effects your ability to operate and tackle problem solving situations. Procrastination is a common change that overwhelming stress can cause as the person feels so overwhelmed that they fear the work that is making them so anxious and are hesitant to perform their responsibilities. It is common that suffers from stress and chronic stress develop nervous habits such as scalp picking, nail biting, pacing, teeth grinding etc. Chronic stress is not far away from when an individual feels the need to use alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs just to cope.
At any one of these stages it is important to make time to relax and distant yourself from what is causing you stress. Early intervention of scheduled relaxation time will make all the difference so an individual does not develop chronic stress. An Individual should assign time out to relax and include the Friends of Friends sessions into their relaxation ritual and watch the calming live music videos and take a break from what is causing them stress.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of severe stress and need treatment it is important to see a doctor or a health care professional to help determine if your symptoms are stress-related.
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