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Emotional distress & stress

Emotional distress and stress

Emotional distress is when we fall on the right end of the spectrum. This can be identified by our thoughts and emotions, behaviors, daily functioning and physical health.

Signs of distress

While it is natural for our mental health to dip in response to our environment, you may want to seek help if signs of emotional distress persist for more than two weeks. Emotional distress can also occur in response to a significant change in the environment, like a bereavement or a traumatic event.

Emotional distress can not only impact our daily life, but also our relationships, and our role in society.

Just like physical discomfort, emotional distress can get aggravated if we don’t seek help for it.

If you are experiencing symptoms of emotional distress, reach out and call our helpline.

Stress is a response and a normal reaction of our body during difficult or challenging times and emotional distress occurs when stress is severe and/or prolonged. In stressful situations, our body tries to cope by releasing stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones give us an extra boost of energy and alertness to deal with the stress—by escaping, confronting, or hiding from the source of stress. Once the source of stress disappears, our bodies return to normalcy.

For instance, when you are about to give a public performance, you feel shaky in the legs—there’s a churning in your stomach, and you are suddenly very aware of your surroundings. These reactions are the work of the stress hormones and they help you prepare for your performance after which, your body returns to normalcy and you feel fine.

In the present-day though, a number of factors in our daily lives cause us stress—traffic, finances, exams, or even a deadline at work. Stresses like financial worry don’t disappear and tend to linger on as a constant source of worry.

In the face of prolonged stress, the body’s usual coping mechanism breaks down, resulting in a number of issues:

THE IMPACT OF PROLONGED STRESS

THE BRAIN'S ABILITY TO CREATE NEW NEURAL PATHWAYS

  • Memory
  • Reasoning
  • Focus

TOO MUCH CORTISOL DAMAGES THE ARTERIES

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood sugar

TENDENCY TO DEVELOP UNHEALTHY COPING MECHANISMS

  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Recreational drugs
 

While stress is a part of life, prolonged stress can have a significant impact on our mental health:

  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Increase in alcohol, nicotine and drug use
  • Difficulty with sleep
  • Irrational fears
  • Extreme weariness
  • Worry without an identifiable source of stress
  • Inability to relax
  • Panic attacks

If you have been experiencing some of the above symptoms for over two weeks, reach out to Mann Talks, and talk to our trained mental health professionals who will listen, understand and help you cope.

Physical signs of emotional distress

Keeping an eye out for these changes in your body can help alert you about any changes in your mental health:

  • Eating too much
  • Eating too little
  • Skipping meals
  • Sleeping too much
  • Sleeping too little
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Trouble getting out of bed
  • Feeling low on energy
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Falling ill frequently
  • Body aches and pain for no reason