10 Signs You’re Headed for A Meltdown

Many of us have been on the verge of having a meltdown before. After all, you can only take so much, and once you’ve reached your limit there’s no going back. We often make resolutions about our physical health, but what about our mental health? Find out if you need to seriously de-stress your life with these 10 signs you’re headed for a meltdown:

  1. You feel alone. When your plate is full and the stress is overwhelming, it can be easy to feel lonely and/or isolated from the world around you. But the best thing you can do for yourself is realize that you are not alone and then ask for help.
  2. You pull away from friends and family. When you can’t take any more stress, you may start to isolate yourself from the people who love you. The idea may even be unintentional, but as independent a woman as you are, it’s still okay to lean on others when needed.
  3. You can’t sleep. If the stress in your life is causing insomnia, you need to reduce your responsibilities. Not getting enough sleep will only further weigh you down physically and mentally until you finally crack. You literally can’t function without sleep, so you need to sort this out ASAP.
  4. You feel overwhelmed by the smallest things. Life is full of decisions. If you feel you have so much on your plate that you can’t handle the simple choices of daily life without wanting to cry or run away, everything is going to come crashing down, and fast.
  5. You’re too often disappointed. If you’re setting your expectations too high, you’re going to be let down. Every time that happens, the disappointment will build until your mood hits rock bottom.
  6. You don’t think about yourself. You can’t live your life trying to please others. You are the root of your own happiness. Take care of yourself, and don’t let your happiness be the cost of someone else’s.
  7. You push aside your feelings. When you have too much to handle, you may find yourself unable to cope with your feelings. But pushing aside your emotions will only make them build until you finally reach your breaking point and explode.
  8. Your appetite changes. Whether you’re skipping meals and under-eating or using food for emotional comfort, any big changes in your daily food intake should be noticed and addressed.  
  9. You’re downright depressed. Feeling sad and angry happens from time to time, but your most present emotion should be happiness, or at the very least, a feeling of content. Depression is one thing that should never be taken lightly. If you’re feeling depressed for weeks or months on end, you need to tell someone and get help.
  10. You’re exhausted for no reason. It’s not about the after workout tiredness or the Monday blues, it’s a constant exhaustion. If you feel worn out every day or every night, you’re overworking yourself. Whether physically or mentally, you need some heavy relaxation ASAP.
Kelsey Dykstra is a freelance writer based in Huntington Beach, CA. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University and been writing professionally since graduating in 2013. In addition to writing about love and relationships for Bolde and lifestyle topics for Love to Know, she also writes about payment security and small business solutions for PaymentCloud.

Originally from Michigan, this warm weather seeker relocated to the OC just last summer. Kelsey enjoys writing her own fictional pieces, reading a variety of young adult novels, binging on Netflix, and of course soaking up the sun.

You can find more about Kelsey on her LinkedIn profile or on Twitter @dykstrakelsey.