Is Stress Sneaking up on You?

Stress is your body’s natural and normal response to events out of the ordinary, unexpected or worrisome, and it has a funny way of sneaking up on us. Sometimes we may not understand how stressed out we are until we reach a breaking point. We all expect to experience stress at some point in our lives, but it can become problematic if it continues for long periods of time without relief. Read on for helpful ways to stay aware of subtle stressors, manage stress in your day-to-day life, and stay alert for signs that it’s time for more help.

Subtle stressors

Stress comes in many different forms, some less obvious than others. The negative impact of these subtle stressors can add up quickly if they go unnoticed for too long. Recognizing certain situations and sources of subtle stressors can help you manage them before they become overwhelming:

Signs of Stress

Signs of stress can vary for everyone, but there are several common indicators that you can look out for. Some subtle signs you may not otherwise attribute to stress are: shoulder and back pain, jaw pain, dental problems (commonly caused by unknowingly grinding teeth or clenching your jaw), and weight fluctuations (either up or down). Signs of more severe stress that sometimes get overlooked are: sleep disturbances, feeling unusually emotional, difficulty concentrating on tasks, stomach disturbances, headaches, menstrual irregularities, and signs of depression.

Ideas for Managing Stress

Managing your stress should be a part of your daily health routine. Just as much as a healthy diet and exercise support your physical health, stress management is an important way to support your mental health. Here are some simple tips to help keep your stress levels low:

Be proactive to avoid the consequences of stress

Stress is a normal and expected part of life, but constant background stress can begin affecting your mental and physical health long before you realize it is a problem. It is important to remain aware of the stressors in your life, even the subtle ones that may not seem like a big deal. Taking time for stress management before it becomes a problem is the best way to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

Early intervention with counseling is a wonderful way to gain professional insight and personalized stress management techniques at any stage. If you or someone you know in the Nevada or California areas would benefit from counseling to manage stress, reach out to Medens Health online or by calling or texting (833) 624-5400.