Stress isn’t something we can touch or see, but we can learn to recognise its signs. Unfortunately, stress impacts on relationships more than any of us will acknowledge or are aware.
Because stress has become part of everyday life, we’ve almost become immune to its warning signs and symptoms. It’s easier to see stress in others than to recognise it in ourselves. I constantly grew up around stress, so I was well aware what the signs were from a very early age.
When we learn to recognise our own stress, we will find it easier to recognise it when it emanates from other people. Even when we manage and deal with our own stress, other people’s stress can affect us. It’s hard when others don’t recognise their own stress but think we’re the catalyst of theirs. In today’s society that aspect of stress is commonplace.
Stress will always show up in verbal and non-verbal communication, especially in quarrels and arguments. In some cases, when stress is left undetected, it can make us feel disconnected from others. Stress can also go on to create anger and may even cause depression and isolation in those who already have pre-dispositions.
Finally, it’s important to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress in ourselves, but equally important that we don’t carry others’ stress.