1. You have noticed a change in your thoughts, mood, or motivation. Low mood is one of the main complaints of clients who are overcoming depression, as well as a lack of motivation to complete tasks that they would typically be able to complete.
2. You are isolating yourself from others. This could include avoiding making plans with people who you would normally enjoy being around or simply spending a large amount of your free time without people.
3. You have started drinking or smoking more than in the past. A change in substance use behaviors often signifies an increase in stress without a healthy way of coping with it.
4. You find yourself not answering the phone or replying to texts because it seems too overwhelming. Not answering the phone is typically an avoidant behavior when a person feels too overwhelmed with life.
5. You are having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. Having healthy sleep patterns are a fundamental part of overall health; without sleep we lose the ability to cognitively function and cope with any life stressors.
6. You think the same thought over and over again throughout the day. Everyone has thoughts they may think a few times a day, but if it has moved into a pattern that is distressing to you it has become rumination. Rumination is the main trait of a person who is going through an anxiety disorder.
7. You have started missing work or not following through on obligations. A change in behaviors that may impact your profession and your personal life, is a clear indicator of increased stress.
8. Your friends/family have mentioned that you seem different. When those people who know you the best begin to worry about you, it is a sure sign that you would likely benefit from a tune up therapy session.
9. You are blowing up at things that used to only frustrate you. If you are finding that you have a shorter fuse, are irritated more easily and feel angry more than in the past you may benefit from acquiring some anger management skills or addressing the situation that is making you angry.
10. You are spending many hours a day on your phone scrolling through apps. Phones can be the ultimate avoidant technique, allowing us to disconnect while still feeling connected. An increase in cell phone use can be an indicator of boredom with life, increased stress or unhappiness.
If you feel that any of the above mentioned symptoms are true in your life right now, reach out to Resolve to see how you can stop only surviving and start thriving.