Are you feeling stressed out? Is it possible that you’re feeling burn out or is it something bigger? Are you reaching your breaking point?
When you’re stressed out about dieting, are you ready to quit? If you’re reaching a breaking point with a relationship, you want to break down and cry? Are you having long term stress from your job and you’re ready to quit?
In this post, we’ll be exploring what it means to reach a breaking point after a long period of stress.
What Does Having A Breaking Point Mean?
A breaking point is the moment of greatest strain or stress. It results in someone or something giving way.
It’s the point when a situation becomes critical, it’s at a turning point or it’s on the verge of collapse. Reaching a breaking point is caused by long-term stress which can cause you to breakdown.
The effects of reaching a breaking point varies from person to person. Someone may just need a vacation, while others need to make a serious life change. For example, maybe someone is tired of where they live or even tired of their jobs.
What Does It Feel Like?
Reaching your breaking point can feel like emotional exhaustion that gradually creeps in because of stress.
A breaking point is not an isolated incident. The tension and stress often builds up until you’ve had enough, at first you may not notice but overtime you feel more stretched.
Even though fatigue builds up, you continue to push on. As a result, you finally break.
How Do You Know You’re Reaching Your Breaking Point?
The emotional exhaustion that you feel when reaching your breaking point has many signs. It happens so gradually that you may or may not be aware that it’s happening.
Here are some signs to look out for:
- You’re Short With People: Being at a breaking point because of stress shows itself as anger. There’s a chance that despite getting angrier, you still ignore it. As a result, you’re short with the people around you.
- Your Mental Health Is Suffering: Being overly stressed and stretched can affect your mental health. As a result, you’re no longer in the mood to enjoy the things you love. Also, you may be withdrawing from other people.
- Substance Abuse Problems: A sign that you’re reaching your breaking point can be substance abuse. It’s possible that you’re coping with stress by drinking alcohol in excess. Also, it’s possible that you’re coping with other drugs as well.
- Your Work Starts To Suffer: It’s possible that workplace stress is affecting your mental health. It builds up so much that you become burned out. As a result, your performance at work starts to suffer.
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What To Do When You Reach Your Breaking Point?
When you reach your breaking point, you can easily fall apart and it can affect your life. However, there are better ways of managing and coping with it when it happens. Also, reaching your breaking point can be an opportunity to make your life better.
1. Talk To A Professional:
If you’re feeling long-term stress that’s affecting your mental health, you should seek help from a professional therapist. Why are you reaching your breaking point, is it because of stress or is it something bigger?
By talking to someone, it’s the first step toward improving your mental health. Also, it helps to become aware of your symptoms and how they’re affecting your life.
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2. Learn Healthy Coping Strategies:
If you’re going through a stressful time, there are healthy ways of coping. Coping skills or strategies help you tolerate, minimize as well as deal with stressful situations.
A coping strategy you can engage in is self-care. Examples of self-care include meditation, exercise and eating healthy, talking to someone as well as getting enough sleep.
Meditation involves a technique called mindfulness, or focusing your mind on a certain object, thought or activity. It’s meant to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm as well as a stable state.
When you exercise and eat healthy, you’ll find it helps to manage stress and anxiety.
It helps to talk to someone you know, whether it’s a close friend or family member. You’ll find a lot of your stress is released when you have the opportunity to vent it.
Also, it’s very important to get enough sleep, especially when you’re not doing well. Sleep not only recharges your body, it also promotes better mental health.
3. Figure Out What Got You There:
What’s causing long-term stress in your life? Is it because of your job or something else?
When you’re evaluating your situation at work , you should ask yourself about what is stressing you out the most. Are you working too many hours? How about your pay, is that stressing you out? It helps to know.
4. Make Some Positive Changes:
After reaching your breaking point, it helps to make some positive changes in your life. If your job doesn’t serve you anymore and it’s stressing you out, you may need a break from it or maybe you need something different.
Try talking to your supervisor and explain that you need to take some time off. Also, you could see if you can change your schedule or work from home because those options are less stressful.
If you’re still not relaxed even after taking time off or after your schedule change, it hay be a sign that you need to make a change.
There’s a silver lining to reaching your breaking point, it’s your mind and body telling you that something is not right. The anxiety you may feel might be telling you to take action toward something better that what you have now.
If you feel like you’re reaching your breaking point, don’t worry. It might be a positive thing.
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