5. Lack of sexual desire.
Excessive stress and emotional distress can end up taking a toll on your sex drive, and make you see it as nothing more than a chore. Sexual and physical intimacy takes a hit when your life is controlled by stress and emotional turmoil.
Chronic and acute stress levels lead to higher levels of cortisol and on top of that, you are already distracted by everything going on in your life. Is it really a surprise that your sex life goes down the drain? These types of changes are mostly seen in women, but sometimes men also experience low sex drive, when they are feeling mental strain.
How you can handle the lack of sexual desire:
- Regular exercise, relaxation techniques, and self-care can help you in having positive feelings about sex.
- Work on reducing your stress levels by doing what makes you happy.
- Spend some time in nature every day to tackle emotional distress.
- Healthy conversations and transparent communication with your partner regarding sex can help you feel optimistic about it.
6. Frequent mood swings.
Mood swings are another symptom you will notice when you are feeling mental strain. Physical, social, and emotional stressors have a huge impact on your mood, leading to frequent and drastic mood swings.
One moment you will feel like you have everything under control, and the very next moment you will feel as if everything is coming crashing down. It’s nothing short of mentally draining when you don’t have any sort of control over your mind and all the emotions associated with it. Stress can truly make you feel miserable.
How you can handle rampant mood swings:
- Spend time in nature everyday; fresh air can do wonders for your mood.
- Mindfulness and relaxation techniques can help tremendously.
- Spending time with people who you love and trust and can always lean on for mental and emotional support.
- If nothing seems to work, then going for therapy is a good option.
7. Inclination towards addiction and substance abuse.
Many people when they are feeling mental strain tend to turn towards substance abuse, such as excessive drinking, smoking, and doing drugs, in an effort to numb the negative feelings they feel on the inside.
Chronic stress can end up changing the physical nature of your brain by promoting addiction-related behaviors, and also turning it into a habit. The more stress you are under, the more you will try to lose yourself in the world of addiction. It’s like a vicious cycle, which if you don’t break will only push you towards a downward and dark spiral.
How you can handle addiction:
- Reaching out for mental health help, if you feel that you are not being able to handle it by yourself.
- Working towards building a healthy lifestyle by gradually cutting back on addiction-forming behaviors and habits.
- Support groups that specialize in helping addicts.
- Leaning on your loved ones for mental and emotional support and guidance.
Feeling mental strain has become a part and parcel of today’s hustling and bustling life. But you don’t need to sacrifice your mental and emotional health every step of the way. Focus on taking it one day at a time, follow these tips for handling stress in a healthy way, and you will see that things don’t always have to be so draining and miserable.