Stress; all of us are susceptible to becoming stressed at different times in our lives. Stress is a physical mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. It’s important to understand that a little stress in our lives is okay sometimes it is even beneficial but if we are experiencing stress in our lives too much it can lead to us becoming both physically and mentally unwell.
Symptoms of stress can occur emotionally, physically, cognitively and behaviourally. Emotional symptoms may be that we are becoming easily agitated or annoyed, having difficulty becoming relaxed, feeling we are losing control. Physical symptoms can be experiencing chest pain, racing heart, nervousness, headaches, low energy, decrease in sexual desire or grinding teeth. Cognitive symptoms can be racing thoughts, not being able to focus, being pessimistic, worrying or forgetfulness and disorganisation. Behavioural symptoms can be an increase in alcohol, drugs or cigarettes, changes in eating habits, development of nervous behaviours and avoiding responsibilities. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or a combination of them, it may help to speak with a counsellor.