This fortnight we are going to be talking about stress, but not in the usual sense. We won’t be providing you with ‘5 ways to reduce stress’ or ‘how to cope with anxiety’; instead we are going to talk about unusual symptoms that result from stress.
#1 Secluding Yourself
Research has suggested that some people cope with stress by secluding themselves away from the world. Ever find yourself snapping at those closest to you? Or perhaps making an excuse to not go out for dinner with friends? Although these people may not be the cause of stress, many shut their closest friends and family out because they are the easiest to brush off. It’s not so easy to cancel a meeting with an associate who has flown from New Zealand but it is to cancel plans with your partner. The best way to deal with this is to firstly identify that you’re doing it. While you’re thinking of an excuse to cancel plans, encourage yourself to stop that routine and go out and take your mind off things.
#2 Obsessing Over Irrelevant Tasks
I myself know that when I am stressed out, I focus my energy on less important tasks in an attempt to distract myself from what is a priority. I will find myself cleaning things or filing paperwork that isn’t desperate for it, and are definitely not a high priority. Whenever I catch myself doing this (or have it pointed out) I sit down and write all my priorities down, including the tasks I was using as a distraction and work through systematically in order of importance.
Loss of appetite is a well known symptom of stress, but so is overeating. Are you finding yourself indulging every night on heavy comfort food and sweets? On the scheme of things it may not seem like a big deal, but in order to perform well, you need to have quality fuel in the tank! There are many healthy alternatives to comfort foods online, and I guarantee you, you will feel better for it!
Written by Chloe Heselden