With the pressure of balancing work, family, friends, hobbies, sometimes life can feel a little overwhelming, it can seem like a daunting task to get everything done without feeling stressed, and we often have trouble maintaining a balanced life.

Stress can manifest in different ways, physically, emotionally, and cognitively.

But what about really acknowledging you are stressed and doing something about it? Here are 7 signs to pay attention to and which can tell if your stress levels have become unmanageable:

1. You experience physical symptoms 

The body is incredibly sensitive to stress and will display the effects of this toxic emotion in different ways. Some of the physical stress signs include:

• Chest pain

• Headache

• Pain or tension in the muscles

• Increased or decreased sex drive

• Gastrointestinal problems

• Tiredness

2. You behaviour changes

When you are stressed, you’re more likely to exhibit one or more of the following behavioural changes:

• Increasing use of alcohol or drugs

• Smoking more often

• Eating too much or too little

• Avoiding social situations

• Expressing anger

3. You feel exhausted and not motivated to do daily tasks.

When you’re life is stressful, feeling the motivation to do daily tasks can be really hard. Clean your house? Go grocery shopping and cooking? Go to the gym? These things that require effort can feel impossible. You feel too tired, or too busy to find the motivation to take action.

4. You have trouble sleeping

You have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep. Or maybe the quality of your sleep doesn’t leave you feeling refreshed and energized. When you are stressed, your body isn’t able to get into that deep, relaxed state.

5. You can’t get a handle on your emotions

Mood swings, irritability, depression and/or being in a constant state of agitation may mean that your stress levels are through the roof.

6. You get sick easily

Stress has some very real effects on our overall health by suppressing the immune system. This is because when we are stressed we release cortisol into our bloodstream and when cortisol is released, the immune-supporting hormone DHEA can’t be released at the same time, so our immune system suffers. So if you find you’re catching colds very easily, or can’t shake them off, it may be because you have a reduced immune system, which can be a result of stress.

7. You become less social

Everybody has times in their life when they just want to relax in peace on their own, but when this becomes too common it may be an indication that you are stressed. When everything feels like it’s getting too much, it’s a natural inclination to hide away. But social withdrawal will usually have a negative effect on your life, which can make things worse all round.

Where to seek help

Reach out to people you trust will not judge you. Hugely important in the maintenance of your mental health is to strengthen those social ties.

If you’re worried that your stress symptoms are out of control, consider also to  visit your doctor, who will be able to guide you towards the best methods for managing your stress more efficiently and overcoming its damaging effects.

You can also contact us , we will be happy to help you find the right support.

Also, we will use this blog to share tips to reduce the stress and live a happier and healthier life.