Emotional Symptoms of Stress
Stress can also affect us emotionally as well as physically. We may feel anxious or overwhelmed by tasks that seem impossible or too difficult to handle alone. We may have difficulty concentrating on tasks or making decisions due to confusion or frustration about our current situation.
Other emotional signs include low self-esteem or worthlessness due to our perceived lack of control over events in our lives; extreme mood swings; emotional dysregulation; irritability; crying spells; persistent worrying; and feeling overwhelmed by even small tasks that would typically not be a problem for us.
Behavioral Symptoms Of Stress
Our behavior also changes when we are stressed out, leading to further difficulties if not appropriately addressed in time. We may start avoiding people or withdraw from social situations altogether due to fear or anxiety over interacting with others while feeling stressed out. Other behavioral symptoms include:
Overeating or undereating
Using substances like alcohol or drugs as coping mechanisms
Becoming overly aggressive toward others
Increased dependence on cigarettes/vaping/nicotine products
Increased risk-taking behavior, such as driving recklessly
Poor decision-making capabilities due to impaired judgment caused by stress
Healthy Strategies for Stress Management
Learning how to manage stress to stay healthy and balanced is vital for mental health. So let’s explore how to manage stress with some healthy strategies.
Mindful Meditation and Relaxation
The practice of mindful meditation is essential for managing stress levels. Mindful meditation helps you become aware of your thoughts and feelings, allowing you to observe them without judgment. It also lets you gain perspective on your current situation, encourages self-compassion, and boosts mental health. You can practice mindful meditation anywhere, anytime, by focusing on your breath and being present in the moment.
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Physical activity releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that help reduce stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Exercise can also help clear your mind and give you time away from whatever might be causing you stress so that you can return feeling refreshed and refocused on your mental health.
Make Time for Self-Care
Self-care is integral to managing stress because it helps relieve tension and promotes mental and physical balance. Take some time each day for yourself—whether it’s going for a walk, reading a book, or even just taking a few moments of silence—and make sure it’s something that brings joy into your life. Doing something just for yourself gives you space away from the source of your stress so that when you return, you feel more energized and motivated to tackle whatever challenge comes next!
Get Plenty of Sleep
The importance of a good night’s sleep can not be overstated. Getting enough sleep is essential for managing stress levels because it helps regulate hormones and restore your energy. Aim to get 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, look into avoiding stimulants like caffeine in the afternoon, establishing a regular bedtime routine, and avoiding screens before bed. This can do wonders for your sleep patterns and mental health.
If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and it’s affecting your ability to function daily, it may be time to seek professional help. At Serene Health, our team of experienced and caring mental health professionals will provide you with the tools and guidance necessary for managing stress in a healthy way.
We have a variety of behavioral health and mental health services all under one roof and appointments available through our Telehealth platform so you can speak to your therapist online at a time and place that is convenient for you. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help. Give us a call at 844-737-3638 or visit www.serenehealth.com to book an appointment.