Life can, from time to time, be extremely challenging, placing excessive demands on the body and mind. When this happens, the human system may respond to this by stress, which is its natural response to a threat or demand of any kind. It is important to note that not all stress is harmful; in fact, in some situations it may increase productivity and response to stimuli, as long as it is within one’s comfort zone. However, if stress begins to overwhelm the system, it can be detrimental to one’s physical, emotional and cognitive health.

The following symptoms are common in people who are suffering from stress overload; if one is suffering from them, measures must be taken to de-stress and rejuvenate the senses.

1. Loss of Mental Agility

Stress tends to affect the cognitive ability of the brain. Stress overload typically causes loss of mental agility in several ways, since the release of stress hormones is capable of affecting the functioning of certain brain areas rather negatively. Therefore, when an individual is stressed, they may experience memory loss, confusion and lack of concentration. Many a times, these signs are not taken seriously and are passed off as general carelessness or laziness. However, if stress levels do not reduce over time, people may find themselves seriously handicapped in situations where they mental agility and alertness are required. Naturally, working professionals are liable to be most affected by this negative manifestation of stress – their productivity tends to decrease significantly with when over-stressed.

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