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Stress has its advantages.
Did you know that stress can help you prepare for challenges and respond better to demanding situations?
But in higher doses, stress can have the opposite effect. It can leave us feeling exhausted and unhappy, and affect our quality of life. It can even increase our risk of many health problems, from depression to type 2 diabetes.
Self-help techniques aren’t always enough if you’re very stressed. It’s important to seek professional help when stress starts to have a serious impact on your life, but it’s not always easy to tell when you’re close to breaking point.
Could it be time for you to see a doctor about stress? Read on to find out.
Your stress levels can spike in response to big events or they can build-up gradually. In the early stages, stress can affect you mentally and emotionally. You may:
Your friends or family may also start to point out that you seem to be under a lot of stress.
If stress starts to take a more serious toll on your health, it may affect you both mentally and physically, causing symptoms such as:
Answer the questions below to see if your stress levels may be too high.
If you answered yes more often than no, your stress levels may be too high and you should see a doctor.
However, answering yes to any of the questions above suggests you have some stress in your life. You may be able to manage those symptoms and your general stress levels with self-care techniques, such as getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night and exercising regularly.
The symptoms of stress are usually quite mild and improve with time. However, if they start to get worse or don’t go away, speak to a doctor.
You should also consider professional support if:
Get emergency medical support if you ever have thoughts of harming yourself or others.
You should never feel embarrassed about seeking help. We all deal with stress in different ways and no one is immune to its effects. Always see a doctor if you’re worried about how stress is affecting you.
In future articles in this series, you can learn about stress-busting techniques to help manage your stress. Why not download our app and use our trackers to monitor your mood? This can help you decide which de-stressing techniques works best for you.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.