Mental Health and Stress

Stress… the signs, symptoms and causes

Stress, can effect you in a million different ways. It can affect your mind, physical body and how you behave. This can impact on you, your life as well as anyone and everyone who maybe around you.

Stress can damage your body (your physical health). It can even age you! There is quite a bit of evidence and research that shows this to be true.

Here are some of the problems that maybe caused or made worse by stress:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Pain of any kind (headaches, back pain, joint pain, abdominal pain and some chronic pains)
  • Sleep problems
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Digestive problem
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema
  • Heart disease
  • Weight problems
  • Reproductive issues
  • Thinking and memory problems
  • Emotional volatility (such as getting angry easily, frustrated, upset etc)

Signs and symptoms

Mind, Behaviour and Emotions

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits
  • Other behavioural, mental or emotional health problems

Body:

    • Headaches and other aches and pains
    • Diarrhea or constipation
    • Nausea, dizziness
    • Chest pain, rapid heart rate
    • Frequent colds or flu
    • Prone to skin allergies
    • Fatigue (often due to not resting or sleeping well)

Some Causes

Stress maybe caused for lots different reasons, often it is something negative that has impacted our lives internally or externally… but stress can also be brought on because of something positive going on in our lives. For example, starting university, a new job, moving to a new home, getting a pet, new relationship, holiday or even getting married. Everyone is different what one person finds amazing may be stressful for someone else.

Some external causes of stress:

  • Work, College, University and School
  • Change in lifestyle
  • Change in homelife
  • Relationships
  • Finance
  • Being busy
  • Social events
  • Holidays
  • Major life changes
  • Exams, Deadlines and timeframes
  • Various types of commitments

Some internal causes of stress include:

  • Pessimism
  • Inability to accept uncertainty
  • Rigid thinking, lack of flexibility
  • Negative self-talk
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Low self-esteem
  • Perfectionism
  • Low self-worth
  • Excessive People Pleasing (the need to please others to the detriment of own health and well being)
  • Unable to say no
  • All-or-nothing attitude
  • Unable to empathise or see other points of view
  • Poor Emotional controlIf you feel you may live a stressful life.

There are steps you can take to help relieve the pressure of stress, by managing the stress and regaining some control in you life.

 

 

TRY THIS…

Here are a few things you can do:

Meditation and mindfulness can help calm the mind and reduce stress.  Checkout our meditation Post

 

Make time for you by committing to ’Self-Care’.  This means scheduling quality time for you without feeling guilty and genuinely taking a break from life. Checkout some of our self-care ideas, on our webpage, instagram or join us at facebook 

 

Manage stress by Keeping a ’Stress Journal’ to find out what your stress triggers are and do something to resolve them

  1. What caused the stress?
  2. How did you feel at the time (physically and emotionally)?
  3. How did you behave?
  4. What made you feel better?
  5. Resolution – Which of these could you do to stop it from happening next time…Avoid, Adapt, Accept (choose one and try it… put in your journal what happens)

 

Get moving!

The minute your stressed do something physical (dance, workout, exercise, play a game, clim some stairs, go for a walk… just do something). You may not feel like it at the time but the minute you do you will start feeling better, this will help release endorphins, try and aim to eventually achieve 30 minutes a day if you can, if not that’s okay some exercise is better than none.

 

You may also want to read our blog on Organise Your Stressand ‘Listening to music helps reduce stress’… don’t let stress stop you in your tracks 🙂

We will have some other stuff on stress later in the month… so keep visiting us here or sign up to our society, follow us on instagram and join us at facebook.

I hope you found the information helpful. If you have found it useful or have tried any of these strategies why not comment and let us know how it went. If you have tried other things that have worked for you please share.

 

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