Let’s bust one myth: the idea that “everything will be okay even if your stress is alleviated” is wrong!
The impacts of work-related stress on one’s mental and physical health can be devastating, persistent, and worst cases, even life-threatening. Stress can easily lead to anxiety and depression and sequelae of physical health impacts. In addition, it can lead to chronic health conditions, including:
- High/ low blood pressure and heart conditions
- Breathing problems such as shortness of breath, rapid breathing, etc.
- Unexplained headaches, including migraines and hypertension
- Skin conditions, including inflammation, swelling, and pain
- Mental health issues, including OCD, anxiety and depression
In addition to mental symptoms, some bodily changes help indicate that the stress is going bad and taking over your health. The physical/ bodily symptoms that indicate that stress is going out of hand include the following:
- Increased chest pains due to frequent increases in heart rate
- Constant headaches and muscle aches, and stiffness
- Imbalanced shortness and rapidity of breath
- Change in eating habits and sleep routines
- Grinding of teeth and frequent gastrointestinal issues
Quick Check: If these symptoms are accompanied by constant tiredness, anxiety, dizziness, hopelessness, sadness and feeling out of energy, you may need to get assessed for anxiety and depression.