Are You Under Too Much Stress? Symptoms, Treatment And Tips

Updated January 26, 2023by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Do you feel like you have stress coming at you from all directions? Does it feel like you couldn’t possibly handle one more thing not going smoothly? Do you feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? If that sounds like you, you may be under too much stress.

Unfortunately, stress is a normal part of life. No one is going to make it through life without feeling stressed from time to time. However, there is a big difference between dealing with the occasional stressful situation out of your control and feeling like you’re regularly overwhelmed with stress.

Learning how to identify what stress looks like and where it’s coming from can help you learn how to address it. Below you’ll find treatment options and tips that can help you learn to manage stress healthily.

What Is Stress?

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You Can Manage Problematic Stress

Stress is a natural feeling you get as a response to things that are changing and happening around you. When you feel stressed, hormones flood your body and your fight-or-flight response kicks in. If you’re in a dangerous situation, like facing a dangerous animal, the stress response could help save your life.

Most of us aren’t facing life-or-death situations daily. Instead, we may be dealing with things like financial stress, challenges in the workplace, complicated relationships, and health concerns. Once your stress levels increase, it can take hours for them to return to normal. If you experience stress regularly, it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health.

What Are The Symptoms Of Stress?

Stress can show in people’s lives in different ways. However, there do tend to be some common symptoms that you may recognize if you deal with chronic stress. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Insomnia or trouble sleeping.

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Digestive issues

  • Headaches

  • Muscle tension or chronic pain

  • Low sexual desire

  • Change in appetite (could be eating more or eating less)

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Fatigue or exhaustion

As you can see, stress doesn’t just impact your mental and emotional health. It can affect your physical health and behavior as well. You may notice that you are more irritable with others because your stress causes you to struggle with patience. You may constantly be thinking about a stressful situation that leaves you feeling on edge.

If you try to ignore your stress instead of dealing with it, you may find that it continues to grow and cause new problems in your life. This is why it’s important to learn tips for relieving stress and what your treatment options are.

Stress Management Treatment And Tips

It’s important to note that some stress management tips may work better for you than others. If the first thing you try isn’t working, don’t give up.

Identify Where Your Stress Is Coming From

If you don’t know why you’re feeling stressed, it will be hard to find the proper treatment to address it. Take time to inventory what’s been happening in your life. Are there certain parts of the day when you feel more stressed than others? Look at what’s happening around you to determine possible triggers.

Participate In Activities That Help You Relax

If life feels busy and you feel like you’re running morning until night, you may not be making time to relax and recharge. Make sure you have time to unwind each day and do things that you enjoy.

Selfcare is different for everyone. What activities have you done in the past that are good stress relief for you? It may be reading a book, playing basketball, taking a hot bubble bath, or going for a run. Do things that help you relax. If you’ve been neglecting this area for a long time, it may be hard for you to remember what you enjoy doing. Keep  trying different things until you find what works best for you.

Adjust Your Calendar

You may feel like you’re under too much stress because you struggle with time management skills. Maybe you feel overwhelmed at work, but you’re spending a lot of time on social media instead of accomplishing tasks. Or, you may struggle to properly estimate the time it takes you to do a task.

It can be helpful to spend some time tracking how long tasks take you to complete. Once you have this information, you can plan your day more accurately instead of trying to accomplish more than what’s reasonable.

It is also beneficial to cut back on how much you schedule. Even if the activities on your calendar are good, you're likely to feel stressed and overwhelmed if you’re trying to do too much. Take time to prioritize your tasks and see what things need your attention and what you can put on the back burner.

Take A Break

If you’re under too much stress, you may just need to take a break. You may need to take a sick day from work or turn your phone off for the weekend to unplug for a few days. Simply finding a way to remove yourself from the things that are causing you stress can help you rest and recharge.


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You Can Manage Problematic Stress

Taking time to journal your thoughts and emotions can help you unwind and relieve stress and gain a new perspective on the things that are causing you stress. And sometimes, simply putting your thoughts down on paper can help you let go of the stress associated with them. You may find it helpful to just journal when you’re feeling stressed, or it may help you turn it into a daily habit.

Talk To A Therapist

If you’re dealing with chronic stress, it can be helpful to talk with a therapist. A therapist can help you work through where your stress is coming from,  spot unhealthy habits, and help you learn coping strategies to manage your stress better.

If you’ve been avoiding therapy because you feel like you are too stressed to add one more thing to your schedule, working with an online therapist may be a good solution. Online therapy allows you to have your sessions from anywhere convenient for you, which can save you the time of driving back and forth and help you feel more comfortable.

Research shows that online therapy is effective at relieving stress, too. One review showed that online therapy can significantly reduce the impact of stress and resulted in a 50% improvement in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and many other conditions. If you’re interested in learning more, get started at BetterHelp


These are just a few of the ways you can relieve stress in your life. While it may be normal to experience stress from time to time, it can leave you physically and mentally exhausted to struggle with it regularly. Take time to explore what tips and strategies work the best for you so you can live as stress-free as possible.

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