Everyone experiences stress at some point in their life, and most of the time we can manage the feelings that go along with stress. While it is uncomfortable, we do know that it will pass.
But what happens when stress becomes intolerable?
Many of us will have periods in our lives when we are experiencing an excessive amount of stress, that begins to affect our daily life: worrying thoughts, self doubt, indecisiveness, even sleepless nights, changes in appetite, and days filled with anxiety.
Often, the people around us notice that we are stressed, but we may not even notice or realise ourselves, that our stress levels have gotten out of hand.
Here is a list of some of the signs and symptoms:
- angry outbursts
- inability to relax
- trouble concentrating
- feeling anxious
- difficulty sleeping
- drinking too much
- racing heart
- stomach aches
- eating too much or too little.
In counselling, by getting to know what your personal symptoms of stress are, what factors contribute to increased levels of stress, will help you detect when you are getting overstressed. Therapy will also bring a focus to identifying what measures to put in place before you arrive in a place of overwhelm, and help you get back on track to well being.
Carol Duffy Psychotherapist