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Signs of Stress

Signs of Stress

Stress can be defined as the degree to which you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope as a result of pressures that are unmanageable. 

What is stress?

At the most basic level, stress is our body’s response to pressures from a situation or life event. What contributes to stress can vary hugely from person to person and differs according to our social and economic circumstances, the environment we live in and our genetic makeup. Some common features of things that can make us feel stress include experiencing something new or unexpected, something that threatens your feeling of self, or feeling you have little control over a situation.

Having a little bit of stress in life can be manageable. Sometimes it may even be beneficial. If it occurs too often, then it can also start wearing you down physically and mentally.

There are several ways that you can start to manage the stressful events that occur in your life. Before that becomes a possibility, it is essential that you know what the symptoms of stress are so that you can recognise when they occur.

What are the signs of stress?

Emotional changes

When you feel stressed, you may experience many different feelings, including anxiety, fear, anger, sadness or frustration. These feelings can sometimes feed on each other and produce physical symptoms.

Work-related stress can also have negative impacts on mental health. Work-related stress accounts for an average of 23.9 days of work lost for every person affected.

Behavioural changes

When you feel stressed, you may behave differently. For example, you may become withdrawn, indecisive or inflexible. You may not be able to sleep properly or become irritable or tearful. Stress can make you feel angrier or more aggressive than normal. Stress can also affect the way we interact with our friends or family.

Bodily changes

When stressed, some people can start to experience headaches, nausea and indigestion. You may breathe and perspire more, have palpitations or suffer from various aches and pains. You will quickly return to normal without any negative effects if what is stressing you is short-lived, and many people are able to deal with a certain level of stress without any lasting adverse effects. 

Who is affected by stress?

All of us can recognise at least some of the feelings described above and may have felt stressed and overwhelmed at some time or another. Some people seem to be more affected by stress than others.

For some people, getting out of the door on time each morning can be a very stressful experience. Whereas others may be able to cope with a great deal of pressure. 

How can you help yourself?

There are some actions that you can take as an individual to manage the immediate, sometimes unpleasant, signs of stress and identify, reduce and remove stressful factors that may cause you to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. If you feel comfortable, talking to a friend or close colleague at work about your feelings can help you manage your stress.

Below are five tips to help you help yourself.

  • Realise when it is causing a problem and identifying the causes. It is important not to ignore physical warning signs such as tense muscles, feeling over-tired, and experiencing headaches or migraines. Once you have recognised you are experiencing stress, try to identify the underlying causes. Take control by taking small steps towards the things you can improve.
  • Review your lifestyle. Are you taking on too much? Are there things you are doing which could be handed over to someone else? You may need to prioritise things you are trying to achieve and organise your life so that you are not trying to do everything at once.
  • Build supportive relationships. Finding close friends or family who can offer help and advise can support you in managing stress. Joining a club, enrolling on a course or volunteering can all be good ways of encouraging you to do something different.
  • Try Anxt Day and Night Pack. One of the ways you can reduce stress is by using the best all-natural products formulated to relieve stress-related symptoms. Anxt Day and Night Pack consist of our Anxt Daytime Spray and Anxt Night Capsules, products designed to keep you covered during the day and to help you sleep soundly at night.
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself. Try to keep things in perspective! Look for things in your life that are positive and write things down that make you feel grateful.
  • If you continue to feel overwhelmed by stress, seeking professional help can support you in managing effectively. Do not be afraid to seek professional help if you feel that you are no longer able to manage things on your own.