Depending on your current circumstances, sometimes summertime can bring on sadness. While others seem carefree, you’re feeling a little sad or stressed, or both. You wonder why you feel like you’re in a daze or just don’t feel like engaging with other people. Welcome to summertime sadness.
Stress does crazy things to us. Stress can make us irritable and short tempered, put us in a bad mood and send us off for a fast food frenzy. Stress can also have some pretty wide-ranging physiological effects too. High stress has been linked to hair loss, memory problems, poor judgement, negativity, constipation, dizziness, loss of sex drive, moodiness, agitation, feelings of loneliness and isolation, eating too much or too little, procrastination, nail biting and and yes, acne outbreaks. Wow.
The good news is that if you focus on treating symptoms of the stress, and if that focus leads to taking steps to reduce the cause of the stress, you’ve taking the first steps to dialing down the stress in your life.
Are you stressed?
Stress is anything that adversely effects our emotional or physical wellbeing. Emotional stress is very common, and very often triggered by life events like:
- relationship problems
- overwhelming workload or issues with your boss/manager/coworkers
- loved ones who have declining health
- a big event, like a final exam, wedding or presentation
- being bullied
- academic pressures