We all experience stress at times. It’s fair to say that every single one of us has been under a stress situation at some point in our lives. It could have been an exam, five assignments or just having to deal with your first week at work, it could have been something insignificant for you but it would mean everything for me and also affect me in a certain way that probably you wouldn’t even understand. Because stress affects each individual differently.
Stress is not always a bad thing. Some people perform a lot better under stress. You should have seen me the night I found out when my last nursing exam was going to take place. I had the dates mixed up and actually, it was the next day (classic Cristina) I had to study 350 pages of Community Nursing III and basically spent all night selecting what was worth to study in such a short period of time. Yes, I passed my exam with a mere 5 out of 10, however, my dad wasn’t proud at all.
On the other side and in most of the cases, stress can be harmful to your health, physically and emotionally speaking. Effects may vary between each individual, some people have the urge to eat food at all times whereas in my case I can’t eat at all. Yeah it sounds good if you want to lose weight but is not fun at all when you can’t even open the fridge because of the nausea feeling that invades you… It can be very irritating for your family or friends when you are at this level because they don’t understand what’s going on.
In this post, I would like to point some of the most common signs of stress in order to identify them on time and get the help or talk to someone about it.
Emotional – If the stress in ongoing and the physical changes don’t settle down, can lead to anxiety, depression, tension, anger, irritability, moody, tearful, low self-esteem or lack of confidence.
Behaviour – increasing drinking and smoking, self-destructive behaviour, obsessive-compulsive behaviour, difficulting concentrating, gambling, nervousness, feeling out of control, indecisiveness, insomnia.
Physical – headaches and other pains, increased or decreased appetite, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhoea, indigestion, weight changes, fatigue, high blood pressure, heart disease, weakened immune system.
Is this sounds familiar to you?
Sometimes, stress can be brief and specific to the demands or pressures of a particular situation, such as a deadline or facing up a traumatic event. This is called “acute stress” and it is the kind of stress situation we all have to face at least one time in our lives but unfortunately, life is not that easy. So we might experience acute stress over and over… losing a job or changing career, moving out, your new boss or even your partner suffering from stress. This is called “episodic acute stress” which is the combination or accumulation of acute stress episodes.
Bear in mind that uncontrolled stress may affect not only you but people around you. Your partner, your family or even your colleagues at work would suffer your stress which leads to more stress as it’s such a strong negative energy.
It is very important for you to stop for a second, take a moment and think what is the real cause that is stressing you out and assess whether you can control it or not in order to give the appropriate importance. There are certain situations we cannot control so why do we panic then? If it’s affecting us persistently then we should seek help to a professional. If you definitely can control the reason that’s causing the stress then you can change the situation yourself. Click here to read: 6 Tips to Handle Stress.
Keep yourself mentally healthy too! 🙂