How Much Stress is Too Much? Common Signs of Stress Overload

Common signs of stress overload

You’ve got four work projects you have to turn in, bills to pay, and children to take care of. To say that your stress levels are through the roof is a massive understatement, but you’re not alone.

Eight in ten Americans suffer from some kind of stress. There is a difference between general stress and stress overload though.

When things get to be too much, you may experience massive mood swings, an erratic sleep schedule, and shifts in appetite. If this sounds like you, it might be time for you to seek help. Check out this guide to find out if you should see a counselor.

You Stay in a Bad Mood

Do you feel like you’re always snapping at your children and significant other? This is one of the major signs of stress overload. You see, when you’re feeling any kind of anxiety, your body releases a series of hormones.

These hormones don’t only affect your mood. They can drain your energy levels too. The result is irritability and lack of concentration.

Your Sleeping Schedule is Off

Stress can do damage to your sleep schedule in a few ways. Some days when you’re experiencing high levels of anxiety, you want to just stay in bed and not think about your responsibilities. The idea of sleeping to deal with your emotional stress overload sounds pretty good.

If you give in to the lure of the midday stress nap, however, it will be hard for you to sleep at night. Even if you don’t nap, when your thoughts are going a mile a minute, it’s hard to drift off into dreamland.

You’re Much More Emotional

When everything in your life starts to spin out of control and you experience too much stress, things will boil over in the form of tears.

Lack of sleep is also enough to make anyone emotional.

You Get Sick Often 

Stress comes with its fair share of physical symptoms. High amounts of anxiety can lower your immune system and make you more vulnerable to diseases and infections. Your body will also have a harder time fighting off viruses once you get sick, so you’ll be under the weather longer than you should.

When you don’t get enough sleep due to stress, you may experience horrible headaches as well as neck stiffness and pain.

Under or Overeating 

We all cope with stress in different ways. One of the most common ways is overeating or undereating. When you’re going through high levels of anxiety, your body goes into fight or flight mode, which puts your need for food on the back burner.

At the same time, if the stress doesn’t go away, your body will release a second hormone that will cause you to want to eat too much food.

Are You Experiencing Stress Overload?  

Every eight in ten adults experience some kind of stress overload whether it be from work or home life. Sometimes your anxiety will go away on its own.

If yours doesn’t, it might be time for you to visit a counselor. Contact us today to ask about our services.