Being self-aware is key to dealing with stress. The moment you understand the signs that accompany your stressors, it becomes easy to quickly manage the situation. Different experiences cause stress in different individuals. The causes of stress in a teenager and an adult are not always the same, but when you feel the following, then you are likely stressed:
#5 Physical Tiredness
#6 Lack of Motivation
#7 Emotionally Drained
#8 Loss of Sexual Interest
#9 Sadness and Depression
#10 Constant Headache
#11 Hyperventilation or Shortage of Breath
These signs are pointers to you that you need a break and when you experience either of them or similar signs, you need to take some time out to consider the causes. You should consider if it is one of your stressors or a new situation. If it is caused by one of your stressors, you should handle it the way you normally manage the situation. If it is a new situation, you might want to seek professional help to have a total grasp of the situation.
Never ignore any of these signs. They should be dealt with immediately, so they do not result in critical issues that could be out of your control and the control of those around you. Remember, prevention is better than cure. If you are confused about what causes either good or bad stress in you, kindly speak out. Speak with a family member, a friend, or even a professional. Sometimes, talking about a situation with another person helps put it in perspective.
Maureen Killoran said, “stress is not what happens to us; it is our response to what happens. And the response is something we can choose.” So, choose to speak up if you think you need help or a break.