Stress-related mental illness is a growing problem globally.
The symptoms come creeping and putting a stop on time is difficult for many – but extremely important. Early intervention can prevent serious illness.
Here are some important signals that you are burning out and on the verge of becoming burnt out.
The phenomenon of stress-related mental illness has increased globally since the 1990s and is a worldwide problem in both industrial and developing countries, reports the Brain Foundation.
And according to WHO, mental illness is the fastest growing – and the biggest – threat to human health in the future.
The need for recovery – a low priority
Despite this, the actual maintenance operation/preservation of mental health – that is, recovery and other things that provide energy, pleasure, and distance – is allowed to be downgraded to something less important, low priority. By employers and society at large – but perhaps most by ourselves.
We have plenty of other stuff! About to burn out?
The signals and symptoms of unhealthy stress have often been there for a long time. You just chose to ignore them. You simply haven’t had time to listen. Instead, you have stubbornly continued ahead. Without noticing that your body is desperately trying to tell. Thought “Just keep going, it will soon get better – I just have to …”
Do you recognize it?
Many stress-causing symptoms appear to be staggering. Often they are of a general kind and not infrequently one can, therefore, think that it is a physical disorder that lies behind, rather than a mental one.
Therefore, it can also easily happen that you just cram a little extra vitamin C (for the immune system) and a little extra magnesium (which you have heard should be good in stress) – and continue. Only. a little more.
Characteristics of fatigue
When fatigue strikes you stand there. Strangely enough, completely unprepared, surprised, completely without your usual capacity and energy – and just wish you could turn back the time. And do differently. Or turn back the clock to alert yourself.
But it does not work. So instead you start warning others. For the state you are in now, nothing you wish even your worst enemy.
Maybe you don’t recognize yourself at all. But this is the truth of many.
Brain fatigue, cognitive disorders, and increased stress sensitivity.
The disease picture in fatigue syndrome is characterized by “brain fatigue”, cognitive disorders and stress sensitivity. Another common symptom of fatigue syndrome is extreme physical fatigue that cannot be rested.
And so that feeling of you, which has always been so strong, suddenly can’t handle the slightest hardship. Instead, you are more likely to cry or scream straight out when something out of the ordinary is required of you.
Stress causes disorder in the body
Stress can be good in many ways, for example, if we are exposed to danger and need to escape quickly. That is, the stress becomes prolonged or/and more constant as it becomes dangerous. And begins to cause disarray in the body.
What happens then is, among other things, that cortisol production increases. Cortisol is a catabolic stress hormone that breaks down muscle and fat cells to release energy in the form of glucose. This means that blood sugar and insulin levels increase, which is positive during short-term stress because it helps us cope with the stress – but when the stress is long-lasting, both metabolism and caloric consumption decrease, and we get easier to put on extra pounds. This is how we are programmed to deal with long-term stress. For our ancestors, this was about surviving a long period of starvation, drought, or cold.
Disrupted stress management ability
When stress becomes dangerous, it involves, among other things, the release of large amounts of cortisol and adrenaline from the adrenal glands, which in turn affects our neurotransmitters, the brain, our nervous system, the heart, and the whole body’s activity. When the adrenal glands become exhausted, the levels decrease. But then the body has destroyed its own ability to withstand the stress and increase the stress hormones.
It is therefore important to reduce her stress level before it goes too far.
For example, using friendships that give you energy, exercise, meditation, and group affiliation. The two biggest tricks to stress (and anxiety and tension) are meditation and laughter.
The job, the love relationship, the family life, the life puzzle … Whatever the cause of the unhealthy stress, it is important that it be noticed – and that if you recognize the warning signals mentioned in the fact box, you either seek help or help yourself. Today.
Tomorrow it may be too late.