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With all the pressures we are faced with today, including work commitments, family obligations, and personal issues, it would be easy to interpret some early symptoms of stress as normal. But if spotted early enough, you can take action to prevent it escalating into something bigger.
The Mental Symptoms Of Stress
Have you recently had to deal with any significant change in your life? ?
Anxiety and anger are common mental symptoms of stress. If you’ve experienced significant changes in your life, and you can identify with the above scenarios, you may be suffering from the early symptoms of stress.
Have you felt depressed at your frozen salary because you feel you should’ve progressed in your career field by now. Do you feel rage at having a Driving ban because it means having to deal with being Caught speeding or Drink driving solicitors and use public transport?
The Physical Symptoms Of Stress
Have you been feeling hungrier than usual, and snacking throughout the day? Or do you feel you can’t be bothered with food? Do you feel constantly tired throughout the day and then find you can’t sleep at night?
Appetite increase or appetite loss, fatigue, and insomnia are some of the physical symptoms of stress.
All these symptoms can creep up on you gradually, so you think they’re normal for you. To spot if your current conditions are a sign of stress or not, you’ll have to think back a few weeks or months and try to pinpoint any changes in your circumstances.
What If It Is Stress?
If you have experienced a significant change in your circumstances, and you recognise some of the above symptoms, you could be showing the first signs of stress.
If that’s the case, then this is good news. If action is taken early, stress can be prevented from escalating into a full-blown depression.
If you don’t address the issue, in the long term stress can lead to high blood pressure and can compromise your immune system. This could make you vulnerable to infections and illness. It can also make your body release fat and sugar into the bloodstream and this can lead to weight gain.
To address all of this, you can see you GP, but resist pressure to take tranquillisers or other ‘happy pills’.
The other option is to see a counsellor or any type of therapist; hypnotherapist, relaxation therapist, or even alternative therapist.
What you mustn’t do is try to handle the stress yourself. You need professional guidance to help you deal with it, so you can eventually handle the situation on your own.
Significant changes in your life can lead to stress. If you think you may be suffering from the early stages of stress, visit your GP or a therapist. You need professional assistance to handle the situation.