Everyone reacts differently to stress, but there are signs of extreme stress that you need to watch out for. When things fall apart, we all have our ways of coping; but, there are some behaviors that can really affect our health negatively. Be on guard for these three mood shifts and their impact on your health.
Tendency To Withdraw
One of the most frequent signs of extreme stress is to isolate yourself. It’s easy to get stuck in downwardly spiraling thought patterns when you’re alone. The isolation feeds the depression which makes you want to stay more isolated, making it a vicious cycle.
You don’t have to socialize, but you should confide in someone. If you don’t have anyone you feel you can confide in, look into finding a therapist or professional counselor. Isolation can lead to lethargy and eventually depression. A conversation with the right person can lead to solutions you never thought of.
Also, avoid negative gossipy types who focus on problems instead of solutions. Avoid fear-based conversation (as well as self-talk) and focus on doing things to support yourself through this period.
Feeling Angry Most Of The Time
Yet another of the signs of extreme stress is irritability. Snapping at co-workers and family is a self-defeating behavior. These people are resources for you so don’t push them away. It’s an especially risky behavior if you have a heart condition since it tends to worsen it.
If you find yourself in an angry or irritable mood too frequently, look for constructive ways to channel all that anger away. Exercising will definitely make a difference. Long walks will help to blow off steam and get your brain working on alternative solutions.
Feeling Hopeless And Depressed
If you are too lethargic to work or feel like throwing your hands up and saying ‘I can’t do this anymore’ then your attitude needs some attention. It’s understandable to feel hopeless, but if you act on it, you’ll only be bringing more of it into your life.
Poor sleep, anxiety, inability to concentrate, and loss of interest are all signs of depression. Try to be aware of these signs in others as well as yourself. If someone loses a job or is going through a stressful situation, consider talking to a professional to get help in the form of therapy or antidepressants if necessary.
You can avoid making a bad situation worse by not surrendering to your fears. There are have been many reports of suicides and deaths due to stress-related problems, financial anxiety, etc. This is especially true of people who never had to ask for help before, but find themselves in difficult situations.
If you find yourself having suicidal thoughts, get help in the form of counseling immediately. Of course, this is often easier said than done, but remember nothing lasts forever. Stay strong so that you can experience the victory over your problems.