How to Check for Signs of Excessive Stress

How to Check for Signs of Excessive Stress
How to Check for Signs of Excessive Stress
Over time, excessive amounts of stress can lead to unhealthy and potentially serious physical and emotional consequences. However, when you are in the thick of it, recognizing that there is a problem may not be possible. Which is why it is important for the people around those struggling to stay alert for warning signs of a problem.

Over time, excessive amounts of stress can lead to unhealthy and potentially serious physical and emotional consequences. However, when you are in the thick of it, recognizing that there is a problem may not be possible. Which is why it is important for the people around those struggling to stay alert for warning signs of a problem.

If you notice any of these warning signs persisting over multiple weeks or if any of these symptoms are interfering with day-to-day activities, it is important that you encourage this individual to reach out for help.

  • Changes in sleep patterns (taking longer to fall asleep, waking up tired, not feeling well rested)
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Increased frequency of headaches
  • More short-tempered than usual
  • Recurring colds and minor illnesses
  • Frequent muscle ache and/or tightness
  • More disorganized than usual
  • Increased difficulty in task completion
  • A greater sense of persistent time pressure
  • Increased generalized frustration and anger

The type of help required will depend on the individual. Options could include:

  • Contacting a local mental health or counseling center (be it in the community or on campus) 
  • Have them designate a friend or family member they trust to talk to 
  • Text a trained crisis responder
  • For immediate emergencies, take them to their local emergency room or call 9-1-1 
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