Why Do I Feel So Stressed Out?

If you’re feeling stressed these days, you aren’t alone. While stress is a common part of life at all times, it’s become even more common these last few months.

With many of us working at home and our children sometimes learning at home, too, stress is a real problem. Let our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City offer some tips on how to manage it effectively.

Am I at Risk of Burnout?

You’ve probably heard the phrase “burnout,” but do you know what it actually is? Essentially, burnout occurs when you have too much stress. It’s very common, actually.

In fact, a 2018 Gallup survey found that 23% of respondents reported feeling burned out “very often or always,” while another 44% experienced burnout sometimes. If you’re experiencing overwhelming levels of stress or dealing with chronic stress you haven’t found a way to manage, you may encounter burnout.

Symptoms of Burnout

  • Increased illness
  • Frequent headaches
  • GI issues
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep or appetite changes
  • Lack of motivation
  • Increased cynicism

Is All Stress Bad for Me?

The short answer is no. A small amount of stress is normal and can actually be beneficial, helping to motivate you to get work done. But too much stress can be hazardous.

The key is to find effective ways to make your stress manageable. Healthy lifestyle habits are a huge step in the right direction, as is working with your manager to find effective work/life boundaries.

Stress Management Basics

  • Exercise regularly, aiming for 150 minutes each week.
  • Eat a balanced diet, focusing on fruits and vegetables.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Prioritize getting seven to nine hours of sleep each day.
  • Take up a relaxing activity, such as meditation or yoga.

Not feeling your best? Schedule an AFC TeleCare appointment or stop by AFC Urgent Care Fountain City to get the care you need!