Sometimes, stress can be overwhelming and you may not even know when your stress overpowers your ability to handle it. Be careful!
Stress affects us all and it is also subjective in a way that we all feel stress differently. Also, we each have our own means of coping with stress and we develop our own methods of overcoming it. But sometimes, stress can seriously get to you and overwhelm you beyond your capacity to deal with it.
Stress, however, is not always a negative force. A mild amount of stress has been observed to alert a person and people perform more efficiently when the stress levels are milder. But there comes a time when it overpowers you and the following signs would indicate if that's the case with you.
A healthy body is one which is synchronized perfectly with its sleep cycle. The body feels sleepy at a particular time and wakes up at a particular time. The body clock runs punctually and the body feels well-rested after a sleep.
A stressed body, however, feels restless. Your sleep timings change drastically. You may keep awake late at nights and may feel sleepy at work. Not only this, even the amount of deep sleep which you need at nights goes down. The drastic change in the sleep pattern is a sign to watch out for.
Your diet, the time you eat, how much you eat etc. are all subjective and depend upon you. But your body establishes a pattern over time which indicates the moments you may be hungry or full. Your body gets attuned to your regular food habits.
A stressed body, however, eats differently. You may start overeating, start eating at odd hours, or may not feel like eating at all. Even your favorite delicacy may not seem that appealing to you anymore. This change in your food pattern signifies the heightened stress levels of your body.
A happy body is usually calm, composed, and takes on the odds it faces with a sense of challenge. The trivial things which happen every day like getting stuck in traffic are something a healthy body can easily cope with. But this changes with your stress levels.
A stressed body means a stressed mind. And a stressed mind can get annoyed at the slightest things. You may feel frustrated and irritable and even the slightest provocations may be throwing the lids off your temper. Watch out for this indicator.
A lot of us like to have a few drinks now and then. Some even partake in other forms of intoxicants for recreational means. The use of intoxicants is not unusual in our daily lives but the amount we consume says a lot about our mental states.
A stressed body and a stressed mind would look for a way out and intoxicants are usually preferred by a lot of people to get away from their troubles. Look for an increased inclination towards the use of intoxicants. Are you using more and more of it every day? Be careful as it may not reduce the stress but worsen your health.
The clearest sign of overwhelming stress would come from your body itself. Your health would show signs of degradation. You would feel sluggish, low, and exhausted almost all the time. The sudden loss of weight is another indicator of stress overpowering your senses.
There are some things that you like doing over others. There would be certain things that entertain you and you love doing them like reading, watching a movie, going on a trek etc. A stressed-out body would, however, repel all of these and you may start losing interest in even the most interesting things in your life.
As your body gets more stressed-out, you would also start losing interest in its upkeep. Earlier you may have paid a lot of attention to the little details like the way you look, your clothes etc. but soon you would start disregarding these things as you just don't feel like putting in energy into your own upkeep.
Your mood is a great indicator of your mental state. A relaxed body would usually feel alert, calm, and happier. A stressed body would feel annoyed at one moment and calm at the next. The massive mood swings may indicate that your systems are being compromised by the stress you are under.
When the stress gets overpowering and it takes over your system, your body starts feeling low on energy as most of it is spent on dealing with mental stress. You would start feeling lethargic no matter how much you sleep and the sensation of tiredness would just not disappear.
Last, but not the least, you would soon start feeling a sense of loneliness. You would feel that you are alone in your time of need and that no one can really help you deal with the stress. The intense stress would make you feel alone and the loneliness would further aggravate your stress. Be wary!
Note: The article is not meant to give any medical/psychiatric advice. Readers need to consult a doctor if they feel their stress is getting overwhelming.