We all get stressed – after all, life isn’t easy! But too much stress can lead to more serious problems if left unmanaged
What is stress?
Everyone can feel stress from time to time. It is a normal reaction in life to certain situations.
But it’s hard to define what stress is, exactly. It can feel like a lot of pressure is on our shoulders.
Certain examples of why we might say “I am so stressed!” could be revising for an exam or preparing for a job interview.
Symptoms of stress
Feeling stressed isn’t just a state of mind, but also manifests in physical symptoms. When we become very stressed, it can result in our “fight or flight” response being activated. This is the body’s automatic way to deal with any threats.
Some of the physical symptoms include:
- Loss of appetite
- Unable to sleep
- Feeling tired
- Faster heart rate
- Tense shoulders / locked jaw
What can I do if stress is affecting me?
Being under pressure is a normal part of life. We can perform better when we have an urgency about certain tasks. But if stress is overwhelming, it can stop us from living life as normal.
Stress isn’t a mental health disorder, but too much of it can lead to more serious issues like anxiety or depression.
If you feel more stressed than normal and unable to cope, you can try talking therapies. Speaking to someone who is not your family or friend can be helpful by sharing problems you wouldn’t normally share.