Stressed Out?

stressMore and more people are suffering from stress today, especially as economic pressures grow affecting all of us. When you have stressed it is hard to function normally and even things that used to give pleasure now seem like a chore. Extended periods of stress can lead to both physical and mental exhaustion and if relief is not found can cause severe health problems.

Here are some of the more common indicators of stress that you or someone close to you may be displaying. If they sound familiar it may be a good idea to consult your medical practitioner, before things worsen.

Do you always feel tired, even if you have had a good nights sleep and have a constant feeling during the day of physical and mental exhaustion and of not being able to cope? This leads to an over-consumption of caffeine whether in coffee or other stimulants just to get you through the day. High levels of caffeine in the blood will, in turn, stop you from getting a good nights sleep and exacerbate the problem.

If you are unable to focus or concentrate on the task at hand this can also be a sign of stress. You may also feel that you are unable to relate to others and feel constantly spaced out. You may feel that no matter how hard you try you cannot achieve either at work or domestically what you used to be able to get done with ease.

You may also feel less confident about yourself and feel less and less able to socialize with others, preferring just to stay in by yourself. This will then give you more time to dwell on the things that are at the root of your stress.

Stress not only affects our mental health but also our physical well-being. If you are stressed, you will find that you are more likely to catch colds and flu, get more headaches and other illnesses as stress affect the immune system. You will also find when you do get ill you will take weeks as opposed to days to recover.

You may also find that you are drinking more alcohol than usual and starting earlier in the day, just to help you get through. This may make you feel better in the short-term but will only add to your overall feeling of lethargy the next day.

It is important that you don’t let stress take over, so do talk to someone who understands your condition and who can help you get your life back on track. Stress can lead to long-term health problems if you don’t tackle it at an early stage and allow it to take over your life so getting some help either from family or from a therapist is a good idea if you are finding that stress is becoming chronic and you don’t know where to turn.