Stress is a natural reaction to life’s events, usually sad or tragic events, but sometimes even happy events as long as they become catalysts to change. We might experience stress over the passing of a loved one or losing a job, but we might also experience stress over relocation, or a promotion that carries with it more professional responsibilities. If stress is not handled properly or if it continues to affect you on a regular basis it could take its toll on your health both physically and mentally. One of the consequences of chronic stress could be depression.
When you’re always stressed, you may begin exhibiting many of the symptoms of depression. These symptoms include strong feelings of unhappiness, irritability, social withdrawal, disinterest in normal activities (even the ones you used to enjoy), agitation, distraction, confusion, fatigue, feelings of being worthless, bouts of crying and even some chronic pain in the back or persistent headaches. If you are in a stressful situation and you exhibit most of these symptoms, be careful. You might already be on the verge of depression and as such might need guidance on how to get out of this situation.
There are ways to manage stress so that it doesn’t turn into depression. There are techniques that you could employ in order to divert stress altogether. One effective tool is proper communication. Sometimes, people who are stressed cannot communicate their needs and wants properly that they end up taking in too many things that they cannot handle alone. This can be true especially in the workplace where an employee ends up saying yes to everything that is asked of him even though he cannot handle the workload. This can also apply in relationships where one feels like they’re always the one making compromises. Simply talking about your feelings can ease stress because you have made your sentiments known. The situation can even turn in your favor.
The communication can also be simply venting out frustrations. Sometimes all a person needs in order to feel better is an ear to listen. So call a friend and tell them about your woes. They might not have solutions, but it will be good for you to know that you have people you can count on.
When stress also rears its ugly head, try some relaxation exercises to calm your mind down. Sometimes it helps to take a break if you’re faced with stressful situations, such as having a coffee break or simply just getting some outdoor air. Another technique is to turn one room or one corner of your house into a sanctuary which will be your stress free escape. This could be a place where you could simply unwind, have a massage or read a book in silence.