Stressful situations are unavoidable. You are stressed from work. You are stressed from handling your business. You are stressed from parenting your children. You are stressed from trying to fit in. There are too many stressors in our everyday life and I won’t blame you if sometimes the stress is too much to handle.
What is Stress?
Don’t be overwhelmed if you feel stressed out. It is normal to feel stress under certain situations. In simple terms, we use the word ‘stress’ when we feel overwhelmed by everything happening around us. We feel stress when the pressure on our shoulders is too much for us to handle alone. “Stress has both positive and negative impact on our lives. The hormones released with stress are used to preserve life and limb from harm.” said Elizabeth York, M.Ed, LPC, LMFT.
The Good and the Bad Stress
Clarifications should be made regarding our very perception of stress. Getting stressed from time to time is not necessarily a bad thing. There is a thing called the good stress. This type of stress increases our awareness and alertness from the possible threats around us. One kind of good stress allows us to prepare the necessary precautions in terms of evident threat or danger.There is also a good stress that pushes you to perform well in certain aspects like in making a project or winning a tournament.
However, when the stress affects our physical and mental health, then it becomes a bad stress. Several examples of bad stress undermining our mental and physical health are not being able to get enough sleep daily, loss of appetite, unable to focus on tasks and getting sick. According to Rhonda Williams, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, “personal counseling, nurturing your own emotional self, evaluating personal relationships, engaging in stress management and positive recreational activities offers value in burnout prevention as well.”
How Dangerous Is Stress
Stress is a necessity unless it is creating a toll on your mental health. If you feel like your stress is too much to handle and it’s already affecting certain aspects of your life negatively, I strongly recommend you to talk to a professional therapist. Severe stress can cause you to have thoughts about harming yourself and the others so immediate intervention from a therapist is recommended.
Fact: “We might experience stress when we fear that we don’t have the right resources to accomplish a task.” – Jeremy Savage, MA, LPC
Signs that Stress Causes Emotional Distress
Observe yourself if you are experiencing these conditions. These are the signs that can predict your mental health. If you are experiencing more than two of these signs, don’t hesitate to contact an online psychological therapist.
- You are having trouble in getting a good night’s sleep.
- You suddenly lost or gain weight because of a sudden change in your eating patterns.
- You feel uncomfortable physical conditions such as rapid breathing, diarrhea, vomiting when you are stressed.
- It is getting more difficult to manage your emotions especially your anxiety and anger. A professor of psychology at Fordham University in New York City mentioned that not being able to control your emotions is a very visible predictor of mental illness.
- Lastly, if severe stress causes you chronic fatigue, lack of energy and feeling tired often times, you might be mentally ill.
Stress is a natural reaction of our body but if it’s affecting your way of living, then it’s best to consult with professional psychological therapists.