Feeling Stressed or Overwhelmed?
Stress can be caused by a variety of factors. School, work and other responsibilities, as well as dramatic events in your life – such as the death of a loved one – can all trigger stress.
Many people in Gainesville and the surrounding area experienced these feelings when Irma hit us.
When you experience too much stress in your life, you may begin to feel overwhelmed. And being overwhelmed can cause you to feel anxious, angry or irritated. You may even lash out or experience a panic attack.
Long-term stress can produce negative effects on your body including headaches, high-blood pressure, a weakened immune system, back and shoulder pain and digestive issues. Long-term stress also has been linked to depression and drug and alcohol problems.
Stress and feelings of being overwhelmed also negatively impact your mind. You can’t think or work properly when you feel stressed or overwhelmed, and you lose the ability to appreciate life.
Experiencing stress and feeling overwhelmed once in a while is completely normal. But, too much is problematic, and you need to take steps to reduce them. First, ask yourself what is actually causing the stress and feelings. Diagnosing the root will go a long way toward helping you to reduce and eliminate them.
Once you have the cause, you can then determine the best ways to reduce or eliminate the stress or overwhelming feelings. Unfortunately, some factors are outside your control. If a demanding teacher is the root of your stress, you cannot really control that teacher’s behavior. Instead, you have to determine what you can control. You can always control your reaction to any situation.
If you find that school or work is the source of your stress, one of the main steps you can take is to practice better time management. Often, your time management skills are really to blame for the stress you feel. You may also find that taking part in activities or hobbies that you love will reduce the stress you feel from work or school. Taking part in extracurricular activities prevents you from always focusing on the stress of school or work.
Lastly, living a healthy lifestyle is a huge part of reducing stress. When you are not living a healthy life – which includes getting enough sleep, exercising and eating a balanced diet – you leave yourself more vulnerable to stress. You need to ensure that your body is well cared for so stress and feelings of being overwhelmed don’t cause you too much difficulty or pain.