Stress is a feature of all our lives, it's a normal part of being human. The amount of stress we are under does fluctuate. Our bodies are capable of withstanding stress. However, it does become a problem when it becomes chronic and ever-present, like a cloud over us that doesn't go away.
What Determines How you experience of stress?
The situation that is causing the stress and the underlying implications, reduced hours at work and having a loan to pay. The supports that you have around you. Could a partner or family member help you out? Other stressors in your life and how they impact you. You might have to care for someone or do school runs which mean it's harder for you to find work.
Having an illness, it could be a mental illness or a heart condition which reduces your resilience dealing with stress. We all have our different personalities and temperaments, which means we all respond to stress differently. Our past experiences of stress, ways we have learnt to deal with stress affect our coping mechanisms. Sometimes we are not our best friend when tackling stressful situations.
What are some of the signs of stress?
Stress can manifest itself in many different ways. Having constant worry which can affect your concentration and ability to focus. People who are under excessive stress might notice that they are more irritable, restless or on edge.
Chronic and or multiple stressors can lead to mental health conditions such as depression or adjustment disorder. Stressors can also make it harder to recover from a mental illness. It's important to discuss stressors you might be facing with your telehealth psychologist and psychiatrist.
Physical symptoms which might be triggered by your stress. There's sometime overlap between stressors and the onset of stomach conditions, body pains and headaches. If you are having physical symptoms which might be related to your stress it's important to discuss these with your local GP and telehealth psychologist or psychiatrist.
Your appetite and eating habits might change when you are stressed. Some of us are run off are feet dealing with stress, we might lose our appetite, not have the time or try manage our stress by controlling our eating. Others might comfort-eat so to speak to manage their stress.
Seeing a psychologist might help you notice signs that you are stressed, we all experience stress in a different way and sometimes not aware of the various ways stress has a toll on our bodies.