So there’s two different kinds of stress, as you probably have experienced: good stress and bad stress.
You know that feeling during exam time when you’re super focused and motivated to achieve? That’s good stress. You know that feeling when you’re overwhelmed and can’t concentrate? That’s bad stress.
Stress can give you a burst of energy that keeps you on task and motivated. This can be advantageous because it helps you reach your goals, which in turn makes you feel good – giving you more confidence for the next challenge. This good stress can also make you work more efficiently. Stress also activates the fight-or-flight response, helping you respond quickly in stressful situations.
Although this is all good, there can be times when stress is too much and it is important to be able to identify these times.
Stress that lingers and is overwhelming results in physiological and psychological symptoms that can make you even more stressed. Some of these side effects include a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, fatigue and heart problems. Stress can also contribute to an existing mental health disorder or stimulate mental processes that result in mental illness. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental illnesses resulting from excess stress so being aware of your stress levels is highly important.
Signals of too much stress
- lack of concentration
- regular illnesses
- body aches
- appetite changes
- sleeping problems