Stress is a natural part of everyday life that everyone experiences to some extent. However, facing too much stress, or reacting poorly to it, can have serious effects on your health. Stress has been found to increase a person’s risk of chronic diseases, like heart disease and even arthritis, increase stroke risk, and even lead to depression. One study suggests that stress could help cancer cells survive against anti-cancer drugs.
But how do you know when your stress is at a dangerous level requiring professional help? Here are 4 signs that you should seek help for stress:
- Persistent stress is preventing you from leading a happy life. If you’re stressed more times than not, and you’re unable to find joy in life, your stress is probably at an unhealthy level.
- You’re experiencing physical symptoms from your stress. Stress can cause symptoms like headaches, stomach troubles, and body aches. It can also cause symptoms from pre-existing health conditions to worsen despite treatment and get in the way of regaining your health.
- You’ve begun to self-medicate. Turning to drugs, alcohol, binge eating, or other unhealthy behaviors are ways that people try to treat their own stress while negatively affecting your health in the process.
- You’re starting to lash out at those around you. If stress causes you to have angry outbursts that you direct at your loved ones, friends, co-workers, or even strangers, you need to seek help.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, it’s time to seek professional help for dealing with your stress. Start by seeing your primary care doctor who will evaluate your physical health and recommend a therapist or counselor. By talking through what’s causing stress in your life with a professional and learning relaxation techniques, you should be able to get control over your stress.
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Sources: medicinenet.com, huffingtonpost.com, and counselling-directory.org.uk