In the twenty-first century, our world appears to be dominated by technology and a continual drive to be better, faster, and more efficient. Alongside this, the inevitable burden of stress encroaches onto our everyday lives. People are working harder for longer hours. Even when they return home, they are still pondering the important business meeting that they have the next day and go to sleep trying to mitigate all of the theoretical things that might go wrong. Stress is dangerous as it can manifest itself into physical ailments and has a detrimental effect on our mental health and well being. Take a look at these signs of stress that you should never ignore.
If you are relatively fit and healthy, but you’ve been feeling under a lot of pressure at work recently, or you’ve had a falling out with friends or family, the chances are you could be stressed. People throw around the phrase, ‘I’m feeling stressed’ a little too much. However, true stress can manifest itself into all sorts of physical aches and pains. Have you ever encountered a child who doesn’t want to go to school with a tummy ache that only ever emerges on weekdays? This is a real physical ailment as a result of anxiety or worries about school.
As adults tummy ache is a lot rarer. Often physical symptoms of stress manifest themselves as heart palpitations, chest pains and flutters. These should never be ignored as they could be a sign of high blood pressure or circulation problems. It’s important that you head to your doctor to get checked out. You can learn more about the sorts of tests they may carry out such as an ECG or EKG to check the health of your heart.
If you find that your mind is constantly in a state of high alert and that this is preventing you from sleeping, you could end up suffering from severe acute insomnia. Your body needs sleep to recover and rejuvenate. Without sleep, you can become irritable, lack the necessary focus to carry out your job to a high standard and you can suffer depression. By talking to a doctor or heading to a sleep clinic, you can have your sleep pattern assessed. Personal recommendations will then be formulated to help you return to a healthier sleep routine.
Depending on how you act when you are under stress, you may binge eat, or you may not eat at all. Both of these reactions can lead to drastic weight changes that can affect your health. Constantly feeling like you cannot switch off or focus your mind on anything other than a stressful event can lead to overeating to seek comfort. At the same time you may not eat because your anxiety levels lead to feelings of nausea or you simply have no appetite. It’s vital that you see a medical professional who may suggest cognitive behavioural therapy or mindfulness classes.
Stress can be one of the most debilitating feelings to endure. However, by recognising the signs and seeking help, you can see the return of your positive frame of mind and sound mental health.