The Top 4 Signs You Are Totally Stressed Out
"I'm freaking out. How much more stressed can I possibly get?"
"Can it get any worse than this? I think I'm wicked stressed."
"I need to know how stressed out I am. Help."
"I'm tense and restless. What's causing it?"
The accumulation of stress in your life can have a huge negative effect on your mind and body. The results of which can lead to a wide range of short and long term health problems (both mental and physical). It is therefore in your best interests to nip it in the bud as soon as possible.
Below are the top 4 physical and mental signs of stress, which, if left unattended, can lead to further challenges down the road.
Ask yourself if the following behaviors or states of mind have been prevalent at any stage of your life.
If you're able to identify with them, chances are that unrecognized stress is manifesting and it's important to eliminate it right away.
What are your sleeping habits? How have they changed?
Nobody knows your body better than you do. You know how much sleep you usually get on a good night, and if you find yourself sleeping either significantly more or less than normal, chances are you're undergoing stress.
A change in sleep habits is a sure sign that something is keeping you in an unsettled state.
- Try to engage in relaxing activities at the end of each day that can help put you in the frame of mind for rest. Meditation, a soothing bath, and even laughter are good ideas.
- If your sleep issues persist, see your doctor for further guidance.
Do you have frequent mood swings?
Take a moment to think back over the last few days and how you handled each situation that confronted you. Did you handle everything in your usual calm, controlled, effective manner? If not, you may be dealing with stress issues.
Frequent mood swings, especially if your mood has swung from frustration, anger and irritability to defensiveness, impatience and overreaction, are a clear indication that stress abides within you.
Other moods and states of mind to look out for include:
Do you exhibit signs of nervous behavior?
When you start to show physical signs of nervous behavior, it's likely a sign that something is secretly stressing you out. Here are some signs of nervous behavior which you may need to address in a way that identifies the cause.
Do you feel indecisive or confused?
If you're usually able to think things through with a clear head and now you can't, it's likely that you're struggling with stress.
- Stress results in feeling out of control and overwhelmed, even with things that you can normally handle with confidence.
If you're able to identify with any or all of the above physical and mental signs of unresolved stress, chances are it's manifesting inside you and taking action is necessary.
Stress reduction methods such as exercise and meditation can help bring immense relief and restore your well-being. Additionally, therapy or talking to someone can help immeasurably.
If you do nothing, the domino effect of stress will result in serious health problems at some point in your life.
For your own benefit, it's important to pay attention and get to the root cause as soon as you can.
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