5 Signs You Are Emotionally Stressed

5 Signs You Are Emotionally Stressed

Life is stressful. Stress can come from all different areas in our lives. Sometimes just saying the word stress can induce that feeling of burden and anxiety. We stress over finances and health, and family and relationships. Not to mention all the in between stresses of “how will I ever be able to do this or that?.

All stress is not a bad thing. Stress can actually be a good motivator to get things done and accomplish more. The problem comes when our stress levels spiral out of control and we feel completely unable to manage the stress. It is important to recognize when you are emotionally stressed in order to get it under control.

5 Signs You Are Emotionally Stressed

Difficulty Sleeping

Stress can cause difficulty sleeping for several reasons. When you are stressed about something, thoughts of that concern or issue is always on your mind. It can feel almost impossible to shut those thoughts off and relax enough to be able to fall asleep.

Change In Eating Habits

Many people eat their feelings. When stressed you may find that you go for comfort food, which is usually foods that are high is sugar and fat. So not only are you still stressed, but also riddled with guilt over the pint of ice cream you just ate.

For others, when they are stressed they lose their appetite. Some people find themselves unable to eat or even thinking about eating when they feel stressed.

Overly Emotional

It doesn’t take much to make a person who is emotionally stressed to flip out and go to tears. Stress brings our emotions right to the surface, and can affect our ability to think rationally and control our emotions.

When feeling overly emotional it is best to avoid people, until you feel like you have a handle on your thoughts and feelings. Otherwise you may be filled with regret for your hurtful words or behavior.

Feeling Tired

Being stressed is both physically and emotionally draining. Not to mention that your sleep is negatively impacted when you are stressed out.

When feeling emotional stressed you may have feelings of low energy, and like you are dragging around a ten pound ball behind you.

Your Body Hurts

Stress will manifest itself physically. Stress can cause back pain, neck pain, and even heart palpitations. Headaches are very common during times of stress. Extreme stress can make you feel like you are having a heart attack and raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels.

5 Ways To Manage Your Stress

There will always be some element of stress in your life. That should be expected. But there are some simple things you can do help keep your stress at manageable levels.

  • Meditate

  • Go For A Walk

  • Exercise

  • Focus On Your Hobbies

  • Journal

The best thing you can do for yourself is find healthy outlets for your stress. For you that may mean making changes to your personal or professional life. Or it could mean seeking counseling or confiding in a friend. Just remember that you do not have to go it alone.

What are your thoughts on emotional stress? How do you cope when feeling overwhelmed? Please share your thoughts!

“If you don't think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days. “- Kris Carr

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