Preventing A Nervous Breakdown

“heading for a nervous breakdown” is a usage that confuses most of us. Like me, you too may have wondered how a nervous breakdown means and how to prevent it from happening. Here is an overview that is sure to help.

What is nervous breakdown?

Nervous breakdown refers to a situation where stress becomes overwhelming. The emotional and physical demands become excessive. And a person finds himself unable to perform even his day-to-day activities. Medical professionals in the past used the term to describe a series of mental disorders. But it is not in use today. However, this does not mean that it is a normal response of the body to stress. Nervous breakdown now means a problem that is caused by an underlying mental disorder. It can be anything; depression and anxiety are just two to mention.


The symptoms of nervous breakdown will vary from person to person. Still, the following signs ask for immediate professional intervention.

  1. Depression: Thoughts of committing suicide, lack of motivation and the desire to harm oneself.
  2. Sleeplessness
  3. Unexplained mood swings and impulsive outbursts
  4. Hallucinations
  5. Difficulty breathing, panic attacks and chest pain
  6. Lack of concentration
  7. Over-eating
  8. Sleeping too much
  9. Fatigue

Tips to prevent

By the time you start experiencing the symptoms of a nervous breakdown, you will be left with no choice, but to seek expert intervention. The best option here is to prevent it from happening. Here are some tips to help yourself in this regard.

  1. Practice mindfulness

Be mindful of every single movement of yours. Evaluate how you behave with strangers. Be careful of what you carry along with you. You should also practice utmost caution when talking to your family and friends.

  1. Change your mindset

Scientists analyzed thousands of relaxation techniques. To their surprise, they found out that they are not as effective as their inventors claim. They help you manage stress after it happens. Preventing a nervous breakdown requires you to reprogram your mind. Help yourself avoid stress and you will exceed even your own expectations in staying mentally fit.

  1. Take good care of yourself

Take good care of your health to stay fit both mentally and physically. Follow a balanced meal plan. Exercise as and when your body allows it. You should have a workout routine that you enjoy.

Finally, do not forget your general practitioner. Go for regular check-ups as experts recommend.