Recognizing Signs of Stress & When To Seek Support
Though the stigma surrounding mental health treatment has lessened considerably, many still cite shame as a reason they do not seek support. In fact, one study revealed that 30% of people do not seek mental health services due to stigma and that others only access services after experiencing significant symptoms and impairment.
As we continue to open up the conversation surrounding mental health, we must also change our perception of what we deem “therapy worthy” and when we believe we should seek out professional mental health services.
When Should I Seek Support?
As a general rule, I recommend seeking outside, professional support when you feel like your stress is beginning to negatively impact your day-to-day life or your way of living (mental/emotional/physical well-being, home life, work performance, etc.).
Too often, clients will say that they did not seek support sooner because they worried that their stress or situation was not severe enough to deserve or warrant counseling. Please know that if it is affecting your life in any way – whether it seems large or small – you are absolutely deserving of support. When we take preventative measures to better care for our mental well-being, we are better empowered to shift towards a better and healthier way of living.
Recognizing Common Signs of Stress
- Constant worry
- Difficulty making decisions
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lost interest in activities, hobbies, etc. that generally bring you joy
- Mood swings
- Upset stomach
- Muscle tension
- Racing heart
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