It is easy to become consumed by your busy schedule so much that you feel a bit worn out after you finally stop to take a break.
Studying hard, working extra hours, trying to keep up with your social life, and running around after your children can all lead to exhaustion. Burnout might not be regarded as a medical condition, but prolonged stress can have several negative consequences.
Stress Related Health Problems
Stress may lead to including:
- Weight gain
- Gastrointestinal upsets
- Weakening of the immune system
- Damage to the heart muscles (heart attacks, abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, and stroke).
- Diseases (including lung diseases and cancer) for the people prone to them.
- Mental health issues (depression, anxiety, and personality disorders).
While feeling stressed once in a while is perfectly normal, prolonged stress can wear you down and make you feel sick, both mentally and physically. Unfortunately, most people are unable to realise that they are stress until they have already reached their breaking point.
What are Stress related Symptoms?
The common symptoms of stress
- Nervous behaviours: pacing, fidgeting and nail-biting
- Appetite changes
- Poor judgement
- Racing thoughts
- Constant worry
- Grinding of teeth and clenched jaw
- Sleeping difficulty
- Upset stomach
- Lack of energy/Fatigue
- Feelings of worthlessness/ Low self-esteem
- Difficulty relaxing
- Easily frustrated, agitated, and moody
How Do You Deal with Stress?
Stress is a fact of life today, but there are learning mechanisms that can help you cope with it, which include:
1. Scheduling Some Alone Time
Schedules in modern life are typically full of obligations such as parenting, study, or work commitments. While any of these can bring you joy, it is easy to become stressed and overwhelmed if you fail to look out for yourself.
It is why you need to schedule some alone time each day. It is something that will bring you joy and is exclusively for you. It could be a hot bath, short walk, meditation, or even reading a chapter of a new book.
2. Get Plenty of Sleep
Being deprived of sleep can alter your moods, impair your judgement, and leave you feeling physically and mentally exhausted. Adding your everyday stresses into the mix can only make your symptoms worse.
If you aren’t getting sufficient sleep, you can try:
- Avoiding caffeine before going to bed
- Setting a bedtime routine
- Avoid watching TV or using your smartphone for up to 1 hour before you go to bed
- Ensure that your room is quiet, comfortable, and relaxing
3. Eat a Nutritious Diet
It is easy to let your diet slip when you are busy. While you might find it hard to find the time, eating a nutritious diet is critical to keeping the stress away. Healthy foods help combat stress and replenish nutrients.
4. Work Out for Fun
Exercise might not be fun for everybody, but it is an excellent way to combat stress. Getting your body moving is a great way to release endorphins (happy hormones). It might be the last thing you feel like doing at the end of a busy day, but just 30 minutes of walking briskly is enough to improve your mood.
5. Talk to a Doctor
If you feel stressed and have tried the tips above without much success, you should consider speaking to a reputable healthcare professional. The symptoms of stress are often associated with other medical conditions.