Stress is the way your body responds to the events in your daily life. Stress can actually be either good or bad. While everyone responds to stress differently, good stress could be positive responses your body feels that allows you to stay motivated to achieve personal goals. Negative stress is the one individuals tend to identify more readily because one may notice that the stress now gets in the way of their identified goals.
When stress becomes continuous excessive, it becomes harder to adapt and cope. Often times because negative stress is experienced so frequently, individuals start to experience it as the norm and are unaware of just how stressed they are. This can lead to symptoms of anxiety and depression.
What are the symptoms of stress?
- Physical. Headaches, difficulty sleeping, tiredness, body aches/pain,skin problems, drug and alcohol misuse, lack of energy, upset stomach, less interest in sex/other things you used to enjoy.
- Emotional. Anxiety, depression, anger, irritability, feelings of being out of control, mood swings, frustration.
- Mental. Forgetfulness, worry, difficulty making decisions, negative thinking, lack of focus, boredom.
- Occupational. Work overload, long hours, tense relations, poor concentration, missed deadlines
- Social. Less intimacy, isolation, family problems, loneliness.
- Spiritual. Loss of meaning, emptiness, lack of purpose, doubt, guilt, and despair
If left unchecked, stress can lead to major physical and emotional turmoil. Addressing your stress head on so that it doesn’t snowball into a bigger issue is the best way to approach it. Sort out your stress and get your life back on track with one of our trained counselors. They are skilled to help you navigate the stress so that you can live a better life.