There are days when life just seems difficult and unmanageable for some individuals. Underlying anxiety, pent-up frustrations and built-up stress from work, kids or family obligations can boil over, leaving a person feeling fatigued, angry, depressed or just unnaturally numb. If any of these descriptions sound like you, you should consider taking a mental health day to relax, decrease stress and regroup.
You're Always Tired Even When You Get Enough Sleep
If you wake up feeling just as tired as you did when you went to bed the night before, you could be suffering from uncontrolled stress, hidden anxiety or some other form of mental or emotional disorder. Sleep is essential to recharge the body in order to do the things needed in everyday life. Take note of these common signs of stress-related fatigue, and take time to learn how to avoid and cope with everyday stress before things get worse, and you find yourself unable to perform your normal everyday functions, like work duties and taking care of your children.
You're Prone to Road Rage
Road rage is becoming increasingly more common among drivers. If you find yourself getting angry with others on the road, or you are prone to yelling and/or gesturing rudely at other drivers, this could be a clue that you suffer from road rage. This behavior has the potential to escalate to violence, including aggressive driving, threats and actual physical confrontation or even murder. Road rage may actually be a mental health disorder called Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). There is an effective treatment for this condition, and anyone showing these troubling symptoms should seek help from a mental health professional.
Your Body Aches, Your Mind Races and You Can't Focus
Untreated and continued stress, depression, work/social pressures and frustrations often lead to adverse and sometimes debilitating physical symptoms. People might begin to notice body aches, stomach upsets, headaches, an inability to focus or racing thoughts at night that prevent them from falling or staying asleep. This can lead to missed days at work, social avoidance and feeling overwhelmed, and relationships might begin to deteriorate.
There are effective things people can do to destress that include getting a relaxing massage, spending time with friends, taking a walk with a pet, taking a break from social media or even taking a much-needed mental health day off from work. Taking time for yourself every now and then can work wonders.