Feeling tired all the time, detached or always putting things off?
Discover the hidden signs of stress.
April is Stress Awareness Month – a timely reminder that stress can not only impact our mental health but our physical health too. It’s safe to say that the last two years have had a significant impact on both with the Covid pandemic, lockdowns, feeling isolated, and many of us working from home blurring the lines between work and play.
With the pandemic coming to an end and our lives returning to some form of normality, many of us are feeling burnt out and stressed. However, sometimes it is hard to know we are struggling, and it can be difficult to pinpoint a reason for what we are feeling. So read on to discover the hidden signs and symptoms of burnout and stress.
• Feeling detached and alone in the world
Feeling detached can make you feel like you are not present or somewhere else and it is a very odd sensation. One thing we can do to help bring us back to the moment is to practice Mindfulness – finding one thing we can see, one thing we can hear, one thing we can feel and one thing we can touch. Feeling spaced out can also make us feel alone because we do not feel present and we may feel we are the only ones experiencing things – perhaps tell someone around you how you are feeling, and they may be able to bring you back to the moment, perhaps using grounding techniques.
• Everything around us appears negative
It can sometimes feel like everything around us is negative and we are not getting any enjoyment or pleasure from the things we do. This can make us feel trapped or stuck because we are unable to move forward which can be a very difficult thing to overcome because we have to work to change the way we are thinking and seeing things. We can try to work on this by challenging our negative thoughts and trying to replace them with more positive or even neutral ones.
• Feeling tired or drained most of the time
You may find it hard to get up in the morning and feel like you have not slept, even if you have, making small tasks seem difficult. One way to combat this is to break things down so that they are more manageable.
• Doubting ourselves and our potential
When we feel stressed and low, our confidence can take a knock and this can lead us to start doubting ourselves and our potential. We can try to boost our confidence by doing things that we know we are good at, maybe a sport or playing a musical instrument. Or let a family member or friend know how you are feeling about yourself and try to view yourself how they see you.
• Always putting things off
It is normal to put tasks off when we are feeling stressed and exhausted because we simply do not have the energy for them, whether they are big or small. This can be because we are finding it hard to concentrate, so we just decide to leave them, and then they build up making us feel overwhelmed! We can try to combat procrastination by writing a list and breaking it down into manageable chunks, perhaps rewarding yourself after you have completed a few of the tasks which might help with motivation.
If these symptoms persist
If you think you are struggling with any of these symptoms then it’s possible that you are feeling burnt out, it’s important to practice some self-care and to look after yourself. When thinking about stress we often think about anxiety, but it is imperative to understand the difference between them. Stress is something we all experience from time to time and we may have anxious thoughts. But, if this is something you or someone you know experiences regularly, then it is quite possible that they are suffering with anxiety and may need some extra support.
These symptoms are also similar to those of depression and if they persist then it is also possible that you could be suffering from depression. If you think that yourself or someone you know may be struggling, try to reach out to them, seek or offer them some help and support. Your starting point could be our Helpline on 020 3137 9590.
And if you take one thing away from reading this article…
It is important that we do not underestimate how we are feeling and that we accept and validate our emotions, whatever we are feeling is valid. When we feel tired, stressed and low in mood we often feel that we are the only person that feels like this but these things are very common and normal, and many people experience them and so it is also important to remember that we are not alone.