Many people are stressed, but then some take it to the next level. One-third of Americans suffer from chronic stress, and it's not just a mental condition - as in depression or anxiety - it can also be physical. Chronic stress is linked with heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, and even early death. It's time to assess your own habits for signs you may be an extreme sufferer of this epidemic.
A new survey from CareerCast.com found that 70% of people at the American Society for Quality (ASQ) believe their stress levels have increased in the past six months. This is a significant increase over previous years, and it is no wonder why - our lives are more hectic than ever before.
It seems like there's never enough time to get everything done, which leads us to feel overwhelmed by all of life's challenges and responsibilities.
Stress impacts every aspect of our lives. It can make us feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and irritable. But some people take it to the next level with their habits that they develop in response to being stressed out constantly.
They don't maintain a healthy sleep schedule
It's no secret that stress can harm your mental and physical health, but what you may not know is that poor sleep also has the ability to lead to increased levels of stress. Studies show that chronic sleep deprivation leads to higher cortisol levels in the body, increasing feelings of anxiety and depression while worsening memory and cognitive function.
The key is to find ways for improved sleep habits such as reducing caffeine intake, avoiding alcohol before bedtime, establishing a regular bedtime routine, and developing healthy sleeping habits like reading or listening to music before bed.
They shy away from their responsibilities
In our day-to-day lives, we face various responsibilities such as paying bills, cooking dinner, and cleaning up after ourselves. However, some people have a hard time accepting these responsibilities because they don't want to be held accountable for their actions. These types of people usually ignore their duties until it becomes too late, and then they're left in times of need."
If you are feeling stressed, it may be because you have been ignoring your responsibilities. It is important to take care of yourself by setting boundaries and sticking to them. Responsibilities are given to us by others and by ourselves to live a meaningful life. If you ignore your responsibilities, it can cause stress - both for yourself and those around you.
There are many responsibilities in life that we all have to take care of, but it can lead to a lot of stress when we ignore them for too long. When you're stressed out, your body goes into fight or flight mode, which is not good for our bodies health and well-being.
They have poor eating habits
In today's society, many people struggle with eating habits, leading to a slew of health problems. When you're stressed out from work or other life issues, it's natural for your appetite to be suppressed. However, not eating enough food can lead to serious health complications such as anemia or malnutrition.
Do you ever feel like your eating habits are making you stressed? It's true! Poor eating habits can cause a lot of stress. When someone doesn't eat enough, they don't have the energy to do anything, and their brain doesn't work well.
If someone eats too much, they will feel sluggish and may not sleep because their stomach is trying to digest all that food. And if one is constantly grabbing fast food or something unhealthy on-the-go, this leads to more problems with overeating, which can lead to weight gain or obesity in the long term.
They don't have a balanced life
I'm sure that you have heard this phrase before, "Work hard and play hard." It's a popular cliché in our society to work so much and then take time off or go on vacation. However, with life stressors nowadays, people are finding it difficult to maintain a balance between their job and personal lives.
A lack of balance in life causes stress and can lead to mental health problems. Balance is important for physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. A person’s day should consist of different activities that will work together to enrich their life. Activities such as exercise or a social event can help alleviate boredom which is linked to depression.
Many factors contribute to stress, but one of the most common is a lack of balance in life. Achieving balance can be difficult and often requires sacrifice, such as foregoing personal aspirations for the sake of family or sacrificing time with friends for the sake of work responsibilities.
They don't take care of themselves
Have you ever been in a situation where you were so busy that it felt like there was not enough time to do anything? That's the way I've felt for the last few months. With all of my work, classes, and activities, I barely have any time for myself. This has led me to feeling stressed out and overwhelmed.
It's hard to find time to take care of yourself when you're constantly on the go, but doing so will help reduce stress levels and give your body some much-needed rest. Everyone knows they need to take care of themselves. However, people who are stressed out all the time tend to sacrifice self-care.
We all know that taking care of yourself is important, but it can be hard to prioritize our own needs when we have so many other things going on. When you don't take the time out for self-care, the stress and anxiety will build up and manifest in both physical and emotional ways.
Society has become such a fast-paced environment with no downtime that we often forget to give ourselves the love and attention we need. We're all busy people with a million things to do and not enough time or energy to get it all done. What is the solution? Take care of yourself first.