Why Is Stress Getting To Me?
Do you feel yourself getting increasingly annoyed, anxious and stressed out with little things that never bothered you before? Perhaps you get stressed out really easily and don’t know why? Well, depression can increase your stress levels and make you become really annoyed with everything in general and feel really down about your life and others. You may also be getting stressed over an argument you had or other a frustration or demand. It is usual to experience stress at some point during your life, be it at work or in your personal life or even with a friend. But sometimes the stress can be a little much to handle and really get you down, let’s explore this.
What Is Stress?
Stress is a physical response to something that has either made you feel worried, down or concerned about something that has happened to you or somebody else. Stress can appear in all areas of daily life, from pressure of working tasks to an argument or disagreement with a loved one. Stress can also help you, it can make you feel more focussed and driven to achieve your daily tasks, it can be seen as good sometimes, as you are more alerted which means better awareness.
Stress has good driving force sometimes, if you have an assignment or a work task you need to complete, then sometimes the stress of deadlines can help you achieve the piece of work much quicker then it would if you did not have this deadline. Stress can also help you protect yourself, for example if you feel something bad could happen you can detect it from feeling stressed and worried.
When you feel threatened or at unease, your body natural releases stress hormones which rouse you to take action. Sometimes the stress isn’t so good though and needs help to be controlled and supported. Stress can overtime damage mood, ruin relationships and reduce individual productivity. So it is important to reduce stress.
My Stress Is Increasing
People who experience stress are normal people and no different from you. They may be getting stressed over anything in their lives, however when stress is continuous and more apparent, it may be time to try and take some action.
It is important to know when you are feeling or becoming much more stressed then usual. If your stress levels are out of control often, this could show a real need for action and change. Stress can easily grow and attack you when you least expect it, so by making yourself aware of when you feel more stressed, you are controlling your alertness to it.
The signs and symptoms of stress overload can be almost anything. Stress affects the mind, body, and behaviour in many ways, and everyone experiences stress differently. Not only can overwhelming stress lead to serious mental and physical health problems, it can also take a toll on your relationships at home, work, and school, managing your stress can benefit this and reduce the chances of depression, however some stress is associated with depression and cannot always be controlled as anxiety and depression are not as easily healed.
Why Am I Feeling Stressed?
You could be feeling stressed over many of things, if you are stressed and have depression, this is likely to be the driving reason for your stress. Having depression can be quite stressful at times and certainly is hard, by identifying your stresses, you may be able to eliminate the problems by cutting them out of your life, making change is sometimes helpful, as is trying to do things differently. Sometimes looking at something in a different light can help.
If you are just stressed generally, then you may have been experiencing thoughts and feelings that have been making you worried or feeling differently to usual, as stress can appear on a daily basis it can be hard to fully appreciate why you feel stressed, but there usually are reasons behind your stress.
Some of these causes are below:
-Work, School or University life;
-Difficulties in friendships and relationships;
-Worry of financial problems;
Symptoms of stress could include:
Physical Symptoms of stress could include:
-Constant Aches and Pains, you may be feeling more aches and pains in different parts of your body than usual, this could be a stress related symptom.
-Diarrhoea and Constipation are a symptom of stress and depression too, getting stressed or anxious can lead to both of these happening.
-Chest Pains and Tightness are likely to occur when getting stressed, especially if you suffer with depression. The constant worry of stress can increase chest pains and often make your chest tighter and breathing harder.
More symptoms are: loss of sexual activity, dizziness, increased chance to getting illnesses.
Cognitive Symptoms may include:
-An increase in worry, it is usual that stress makes you feel more worried and uneasy about certain areas of your life.
-Memory problems, stress can sometimes leave you feeling physically drained and with this, surfaces memory problems and forgetfulness.
-Not Focussed or having poorer judgement than usual really can be made visible with stress, this is due to worrying or stressing over another matter and being more concerned over that.
Other symptoms include: Anxiousness and Negative Thoughts.
Behavioural Symptoms of Stress can involve:
-Nervous Habits such as pacing around your house or a certain area, tapping your foot and leg more and even nail biting.
-Increased Appetite: eating a lot more than you usually do or eating less, this can show stress and you may find that eating more is to help you with your emotions and ‘comfort eating’ is due to your stress.
-Change in your sleeping patterns, you may be sleeping too much or not enough, stress can sometimes keep you awake at night, along with anxiety and depression, other times you can sleep and not want to wake up and face the day.
More symptoms include: Isolating yourself from your usual friends and activities, increase in alcohol consumption and ignoring responsibilities.
And, Emotional Symptoms:
-Feeling depressed and unhappy with life in general can be caused from constant stress and worry.
-Moodiness, you might feel moody and angry constantly because of the stress you are experiencing.
-Agitated and unable to feel comfortable and relaxed. Perhaps something you once did isn’t as easy due to not being able to relax.
Further symptoms are: feeling left out, overwhelmed, irritable and short-tempered.