Stressed to the Max? Know When to Get Help

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Everybody feels stressed at some point. In fact, it’s a normal part of life. But when stress becomes overwhelming, it’s time to take action.

Why Do I Feel So Stressed?

What causes stress can vary greatly from person to person. A big life decision, like changing careers or getting married, might stop you in your tracks, while your best friend takes it all in stride. And the loss of a job or loved one can be devastating for anyone. 

But most of our stress comes from everyday situations. Daily obligations, like picking up the kids after school, or even being stuck in traffic, can wear us down. What’s significant is not necessarily what stresses us, but how we react to it. Our bodies and minds naturally push back against non-stop stress, which can trigger physical, emotional and behavioral disorders. 

All of these can affect your health, energy level and peace of mind. When you are constantly reacting to stressful situations, and not taking time to make any changes, you may end up dealing with a level of anxiety that threatens your health and well-being. 

Know the Warning Signs

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If stress is slowing you down, don’t hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional. They can help you get back to a happier and more balanced life. First, recognize the warning signs that signal it’s time to talk to someone:

When stress becomes overwhelming, it’s time to take action.
  • Worry or fear for no apparent reason that gets in the way of your daily activities
  • Difficulty concentrating or staying still
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle everyday problems and stress
  • Feeling excessively sad or withdrawn, or avoiding friends and social activities 
  • Out-of-control risky behavior
  • Feelings of irritability or anger
  • Trouble understanding or relating to other people
  • Significant changes in eating habits — like increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Thinking about suicide or trying to harm yourself
  • Abuse of alcohol and drugs
  • Changes in sex drive
Small Steps: Rest Your Mind
To manage stress, take time to give your mind a break when roles and responsibilities pile up.