Stress: Recognise the Signs

Stress: Recognise the Signs

Stress isn’t really such a problem, is it? It’s just a natural reaction to something that has gone wrong or something that is concerning you. It goes away all by itself and is just ‘one of those things’, isn’t that true? 

In some cases, yes, this is the truth. Stress comes and goes and is just another part of life. In others, it’s much more serious; long term or chronic stress can be extremely bad for your mental and physical health, potentially leading to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, muscle tension, migraines, heart attacks, strokes, and more. So, when stress becomes too bad, it really can be a big problem. Knowing the symptoms of stress is essential so you can do something about it; read about more of them here. 

Stress Can Make You Quick to Anger 

When you are suffering from stress, you will often be extremely quick to anger, even in situations that wouldn’t normally make you – or anyone – particularly uptight. When you are stressed, however, little things can become much more significant, and you can become irritated by them for seemingly no reason at all. 

Not only will this make your life more difficult and unpleasant, but it can also affect your friends, family, and colleagues who will all have to be witness to your mood swings and anger. Many times, once the anger has passed, you will also start to feel guilty about what you did or said, and this can make any depression symptoms seem even worse. 

You Lose Your Hair 

When you are overstressed, you can start to lose your hair. This is a problem for both men and women, and it can start to become an issue in itself, causing you to lose self-confidence and, ironically, become even more stressed. 

Some hair loss will occur when you wash your hair, or when you brush it. This is entirely normal. However, if you are losing your hair much more quickly, perhaps even noticing bald patches where the hair is falling out more quickly than new hair can grow, it could all be down to stress. To help yourself, you can contact to talk about a hair transplant, but you must also deal with the root cause of your hair loss – your stress –to have a complete solution. 

You Are Unable to Relax

When you are feeling good, or even if you’re only a little bit stressed, you can always find time to sit back and relax, allowing yourself to unwind by listening to music, taking a warm bath, going for a run, or whatever else works for you. 

If you are suffering from chronic stress, this useful ability to unwind and de-stress is missing.  You simply cannot relax, and you won’t be able to truly focus on anything other than the reasons for feeling so bad – your mind will keep going over the issues, and this can be even more of a problem when you try to relax. 

Seek Help For Your Stress

Sometimes talking to someone about your stress can help; therapy is a great way to unburden yourself enough to be able to relax more and start the healing process. Don’t be complacent though. Mental health and physical health are equally important so if you are struggling with stress please do seek help, either from a counsellor, your GP or another appropriate source. Stress might have been normalised in recent times but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous if left unchecked. Thankfully, with help and support as well as some lifestyle changes you can get on top of it.

Suffering From Stress? Recognise The Signs

Suffering From Stress? Recognise The Signs

Modern life seems to be designed to stress us out. Work, family, finances, health, politics, the list is endless.  If you’re suffering from stress recognising the signs is essential.

Our stress response is a natural reaction to various situations.  In evolutionary terms, it has kept up alive by activating our ‘fight or flight’ response, readying our body for action by increasing our heart rate and raising our blood pressure. 

People deal with stress in different ways.  Sometimes we don’t even realise we’re struggling.  Too much stress, for too long, can wreak havoc on our mental and physical health, which is why it’s important to recognize the signs and act early.

You Can’t Get Through The Day Without Something

Some people don’t feel their day has started until they’ve had their hit of coffee, or like to wind down after a week at work with a drink or two. That’s fairly common, but if you’re finding yourself relying on recreational drugs, food or alcohol to get you through each day, then you need to address the situation before it really gets out of hand. 

Help is available if you’re looking to do an alcohol detox or curb your unhealthy eating habits.  Make an appointment with your GP and they will be able to refer you for specialist treatment. 

Suffering From Stress: Mood & Behavioural Changes

One of the first things you’ll likely notice is a change in your emotions.  Sometimes you might brush these off or put them down to having a bad day/week. If you find yourself making excuses for your emotions or moods quite often, then this is a sign of stress. It can manifest in a number of ways: 

  • Feeling overwhelmed all the time
  • Moody, angry and easily agitated
  • Tearfulness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Little interest in your usual hobbies
  • Avoiding contact with others
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Constantly worrying about things
  • Forgetfulness
  • Being overly pessimistic (unless you’re a natural “glass half empty” person)

Physical Symptoms Of Stress

The mind and body are inextricably linked and because of this, stress can have a huge effect on your overall health.  

  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain 
  • Low energy
  • Frequent colds or bugs
  • Aching muscles
  • Digestive issues – constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion
  • Chest pain
  • Shaking 
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure (leading to serious heart problems)
  • Obesity 
  • Skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, eczema)

How To Get Help When Suffering From Stress

Depending on why you’re stressed, there are a number of ways to reduce and deal with the amount of stress in your life.  In all circumstances, a good standard of self-care and quality time to yourself and maintaining a balanced diet and exercise plan,  can work wonders, and make you more resilient to everyday stressful events.  

However, if you’re suffering for a number of the symptoms above, feeling helpless and can’t see a way out of the situation, you need to visit your GP in the first instance, they will be able to help refer you to any necessary therapy or help groups while also helping treat any of the physical symptoms you are experiencing. 

You can also visit the NHS website for information on dealing with stress.