Many of us are feeling more stressed than usual this year. Besides the day to day things that happen in our individual lives, the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the vast majority of the world population as a whole. This pandemic has added extra stressors to our lives – from health concerns to concerns for vulnerable loved ones to money worries. So, if you’re feeling stressed right now, you’re far from alone. Let’s take a moment to understand stress, its impacts and what you can do to reduce your experiences of it!
Taking Stress Seriously
Of course, stress does so much more than make you feel a bit on edge. It can have a profound impact on your physical and mental wellbeing, as well as your behaviour. Here are just a few examples of how it can impact you.
- Muscle Tension
- Sleep Problems
- Procrastination or Lack of Motivation
- Emotional Outbursts
- Withdrawal from Social Situations
Identifying the Causes of Your Stress
As you can see, it’s important to tackle stress head on. If you’re feeling stressed, chances there is a cause – or (more likely) multiple causes. By identifying what’s causing your stress, you can find ways to resolve it and remove the worries its placing on you. Some common causes of stress include:
- Health concerns – visit your doctor, get a diagnosis and they will be able to get you on the path to recovery with treatment, medication or other methods. Sure, you may still have concerns, but you can rest assured that everything is being done to help you get better.
- Money worries – if you’re stressed about money, chances are there are solutions. If there’s a small gap between a bill being due and you being paid, credit cards or Payday loans can tide you over. Just make sure to pay them back straight away. If you’re out of work, actively job hunt.
- Relationship worries – we all have bumps in the road when it comes to our relationships. But rather than bottling things up, be honest, open and communicate your issues. This will help to resolve them.
Seek Professional Help
If you feel that you’re struggling excessively with stress, or simply aren’t coping with it, it’s absolutely essential that you reach out for professional help. This can be as simple as something as advice from your doctor, but it can make all the difference. By consulting a doctor, they will have the opportunity to diagnose any underlying conditions that may be causing your stress, or that your stress may be a symptom of, such as anxiety. If this is the case, they can then set you on the path to recovery through the means of medication, therapy or a combination of the two approaches. You can also find countless other sources of help and support out there. These can include helplines and support groups. Remember that you are never on your own. Plenty of people are out there to help!
Stress is unpleasant. But it’s not always insurmountable. Hopefully, some of the above information should be able to help you to recognise and healthily deal with your own stresses!