Red Flags for Stress: When Everything Triggers Your Boiling Point,and You Need a Way Out


How do you know that you’ve had enough? What are the indications that a person has reached that part of their lives that they just want to throw everything away and just disappear? What are the different signals the body is conveying to express that it has already maxed out of its limits?

The human body has various ways to tell people that they are already on the brink of breaking down. It is critical to recognize these red flags for the person to immediately find ideas on how to manage the stressful predicament.

Burned out, stressed out

According to an article published by the New York Times, there is a brewing crisis within the workplace that employees are accustomed. Majority of employees consider stress, exhaustion, cynicism, ambivalence, and overextension as a typical fragment of a professional work environment. The article further emphasized that people are exhausted than they were decades ago.

Today’s society has cultivated a culture that finds gratification in pursuing careers that delay and ignores the value of self-care. A lot of people do not understand that “Self-care is what we do for ourselves in order to better manage our stress and maintain a sense of balance. It is an on-going process and something we should be implementing daily rather than waiting for stress to completely overwhelm or overtake us.” Melanie McNally, PsyD, LCPC said. And because of this reality, people have functioned tirelessly, unknowingly to the point of breakdown. Unfortunately, with people’s commitments of overcoming a particular goal, they have forgotten how to connect with themselves; thus, making self-assessments problematic.


Red flags to watch out for

Navigating through your willpower and mental capacity, you will amass resilience and intuition. To do so, you must first recognize the warning signs your body is struggling with to manage the symptoms appropriately.

  1. Inability to prioritize efficiently.

Do you feel like being stranded in a labyrinth and there are so many doors and passageways to choose from, but you’re just standing there doing absolutely nothing? When prioritizing and focusing becomes difficult, your frontal lobe is short-circuiting. Your brain is telling you that it’s time for a reboot.

      2. Label everything as problematic.

The feeling that something’s wrong is your gut telling you a probability. It’s entirely different than you finding fault in anything and everything you hear, see, and experience. “When stress becomes chronic, this narrow focus continues for a long time and we have difficulty paying attention to other things,” says Dr. David Ballard, PsyD. Yes, there is quite a handful of problems and you magnifying each of them and investing a lot of effort is depleting your brain of spirit and vigor.

  1. Carry out foolish mistakes.

The moment you start asking yourself, “Why did I just do that, what in the world am I thinking? Well, honestly, you’re not thinking at all. Making mistakes in simple tasks that you won’t usually do is due to your malfunctioning brain that has already given up on figuring out how to survive the day.


  1. Criticisms are on a roll.

When you find yourself overly judgmental, and you just can’t help but criticize even the feeblest details in your workplace, your body is no longer holding back; much like releasing the handbrake of your car and just stepping on the gas regardless of the consequences. Stress has clouded that voice of reason that saves you from blurting out words you don’t mean which affects how you deal with other people. Negative thoughts and criticisms are red flags that you need to watch out.

Listen attentively to your body

“Neuroscientists have found that brain structure is altered by chronic exposure to the stress hormone cortisol, which can be a major contributing factor to anxiety and depression. Feelings of calm arise from time away from work and relieve stress, which allows the body and mind to heal in ways that it couldn’t if it were still under pressure.” Shannon Torberg, PsyD, LP explains. Unless the body has adequately rejuvenated itself, and the cells have gained necessities like proper sleep, nutrients, play, exercise, and connection, it will continuously send signals until you notice and do something about it. Bookmark these indicators and move them to your “It’s time for your energy boost” folder so that you could quickly determine if your body needs to sit back and unwind.