Is stress always bad?
No, stress is not always bad. Sometimes, it can be beneficial and motivating. For instance, during examinations or in work-related scenarios, being stressed motivates us to focus. However, stress can get overwhelming and cause us to react negatively, manifesting in numerous health problems.
When should I actually start taking my stress levels seriously?
Right away! Managing stress is a continuous and daily process, and it’s never too early or too late to make it a lifestyle habit.
What is the best thing to do when I think I am unable to cope with stress?
Meet a mental health professional. He/She will be able to tell you more about your condition. Though there are a number of ways in which you can help yourself, you will gain the most when you are guided by a mental health professional.
Does stress impact my ability to control my emotions and respond to situations? Is there more?
Common signs of stress include becoming easily agitated and moody, feeling overwhelmed with a sense that you are losing control over the situation, experiencing a feeling of worthlessness, and the inability to relax. There could also be strong physical manifestation of these symptoms.
Do medicines help to cope with stress?
Medicines help when taken for a brief period, but a long term effective solution to cope with stress is to adopt stress relaxation and management techniques. Please consult a psychiatrist before taking medication.
Are stress and anxiety the same?
Though the two words are used interchangeably in everyday conversations, they are not the same. Stress is the body’s reaction to a situation that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. It can have both positive and negative impact. Anxiety, by contrast, often comes from a place of fear, uneasiness or worry. While it is common to experience anxiety in our day to day life, it can also manifest itself in the form of panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety and many other related symptoms.
Should I inform my family and friends that I am being treated for stress?
Yes, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. Use your discretion though.
Will my friends think I’m silly for visiting a mental health professional for my stress issues?
Are you so alarmed when you visit a physician when you catch a viral fever or break a bone? If the answer is no, then the same applies if you are visiting a mental health professional. You are just taking a professional’s help to get you going.