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We have all heard of stress, which is a common mental ailment, but did you know about secondhand stress? Well, if not, then you must learn about some of the signs of secondhand stress in this article.
As we know, stress is a condition in which a person experiences a great deal of psychological trauma or pressure that can put the person under a lot of distress.
Stress or "being stressed out" often can hamper a person's daily activities, as stress can cause a number of undesirable symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms of stress include anxiety, depression, weight fluctuations, increase or decrease in appetite, skin allergies, mood swings, fatigue, etc.
If left untreated for a long time, stress can lead to major depression and other serious psychological conditions.
Now, secondhand stress is a condition in which you experience certain symptoms of stress, unknowingly, that is if you are spending a lot of time with a stressed person!
So, here are a few unusual signs that show you may be experiencing secondhand stress! Take a look.
Signs of secondhand stress include not being able to determine the exact cause of your stress, unlike people with firsthand stress, who usually have a cause for their stress.
People with secondhand stress usually tend to become very negative or pessimistic in life, as they spend a lot of time with a stressed out person.
If you are extremely restless and try to complete tasks in a hurry, without any deadlines, it could be a sign of secondhand stress.
If you have a co-worker or a teammate who is extremely stressed out, it could be a warning sign that you could potentially have secondhand stress too.
If you have a kid who is extremely stressed about school work all the time, the stress tends to latch on to you as well!
Another sign of secondhand stress can be constant fatigue, without any apparent reason.
Being distracted too easily can also be a sign of secondhand stress, as your brain is looking for ways to release the pressure.
If you suddenly start to experience digestive problems, it could also be an unusual sign of secondhand stress.
Yet another sign of secondhand stress can be loss of memory or absent-mindedness.
If you live around a person who is extremely irritable or agitated all the time, it could be a sign that you may be affected with secondhand stress as well.
Overeating is also another symptom of secondhand stress, which may lead to further weight gain.
Infertility can also be a surprising sign of secondhand stress, which is caused by hormonal fluctuations.