This is what happens when you’re under “suppressed stress”
If you are subject to a high level of stress and you internalize much of it, a whole array of things could happen while your subconscious mind is trying to hide anxious thoughts and emotions. Following are the most common signs you’re under suppressed stress:
Anger seems inevitable, due to the daily stress you might be exposed to, from work, school or other life chores. But sometimes, you might be angry at trivial things.
When you feel angry over things that are actually unworthy of your hyper reactivity, you are showing displaced anger. For instance, if you feel enraged at the slightest noise of a creaking door, even if you were sitting calmly just a few seconds ago.
This can indicate that some anger provoking memories from the previous events resurfaced in your mind. These might have been subject to suppression and are manifesting themselves at silly things.
When it comes to the basics of health, a well-balanced diet, regular physical exercise, and sufficient sleep hours are easily on the top of the list.
Of course, sleep deprivation is governed by several factors, such as late night screen use, excitants like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine, as well as anxiety and stress. But if bothersome thoughts recurrently circulate in your brain, they can deprive you of high quality sleep.
However, if you are unable to fall asleep and spend hours lying on your bed, try to avoid thinking about any events or emotions that are keeping you from getting a restful night’s sleep.
If you are not used to falling sick oftentimes, and have suddenly become highly susceptible to various diseases, despite your strong immune system, your healthy environment, and the absence of any medical conditions, you need to reconsider your stress exposure.
Indeed, a higher than normal stress exposure can weaken your immune system and make you prone to various illnesses
Similarly, if you notice that you take too much time to recover, compared to the way you were before, suppressed stress may be the culprit. When the brain is under immense tension for extended amounts of time, the body’s defense mechanisms take longer than usual to cope with the disease.
Unexpected and undesired weight loss or gain can be triggered by several factors, like age, activity, heredity, medical conditions and diet. Yet, if you eliminate these factors and still experience weight fluctuations that have no apparent reason, chances are you grapple with a high level of mental stress.
Depending on the nature of the person in question, stress can either cause obesity and malnutrition. That’s because some people tend to overeat when they are stressed, while others skip meals unconsciously.
If you suffer from a disturbed weight, stress is also likely to be at fault. So, internalized and suppressed stress is an important possibility you should keep in mind.
Disturbed and fractured attention is one of the most common signs of excessive stress. It is true that your thoughts can stray from time to time, especially if you lack sleep and energy, but if you notice that this issue persists, suppressed stress is to blame.
When your mind is loaded with tension, it will be unable to pay undivided and proper attention to the events taking place in the present moment. As a result, your level of concentration decreases, and hence, the learning capacity of the brain becomes impaired.
This is especially alarming for young children, as they may internalize stress if they are subject to bullying or mistreatment.