19 stressed cartoons that help

In this blog we present you a list of 20 stressed cartoons.

These humorous anecdotal cartoons might help you see the humorous side of life’s challenges and stress. 

They may also allow you to find some positives regardless of the situation you are going through or simply give you a much needed chance to laugh out loud. 

20 Stressed Cartoons

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This particular cartoon by Mr.Lovenstein is a funny representation of how some people manage their stress- albeit in less than effective ways. 

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Here is another cartoon which depicts how people tend to stress over the fact that they are anxious and stressed which can happen a lot when there is a lack of awareness of how they are feeling and what they are thinking. 

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Here is a funny cartoon about a chronic stressor. 

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This comic is a funny take on how the present generation is more stressed, exceeding normal levels of stress and affecting their body. 

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This funny cartoon is about how people tend to deal with stress in various ways, one being internet shopping. 

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Here is a cute cartoon of Garfield the cat who is known for being bothered while his human stresses over everything and anything. 

Garfield the cat presents a suave reminder to take it easy and focus on what we have rather than focus on what we don’t have. 

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Here is an all too relatable cartoon about stress and the workplace where adults tend to have a hard time shutting off from work even on the weekends. 

Here is a hilarious cartoon about stress management which highlights the need for rest and a good diet- which is often what most people need to recover. 

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This cartoon is a hilarious take on how stressful it is to be a parent dealing with children. This comic considers the life of a parent as stressful enough to be considered a test for determining stress tolerance. 

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This cartoon is a hilarious definition of stress especially related to how some people tend to cause others more stress.

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This Cartoon by Shannon Burns is another hilarious stress cartoon that represents something parallel to hair loss caused by stress. In this comic the zebra seems to be losing their stripes due to stress.

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Here is a hilarious cartoon of a fish inside a blender which puts a lot of things into perspective if you take time to think about it. 

Sometimes the things that stress us out are not as grave or life threatening as we might think it is. Taking time to objectively look at our circumstances can help us realise that we aren’t in as bad of a situation as this poor fish might be. 

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This hilarious cartoon about stress is all about empathy towards other people who have their own challenges that they need to overcome. 

While one person might feel stressed, their experiences are as important as it is for other people who might, relatively speaking, be having a harder time. 

Learning how empathy can help connect and build positive relationships that can help the feeling of isolation when one is stressed. 

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This funny, matter of fact, cartoon describes an evolutionary perspective of the role stress plays in the life and survival of the human species. 

In fact, researchers believe that stress is not all bad and it is what helps humans survive in the face of danger by motivating action. 

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This cartoon character from the TV show The Simpsons is an accurate representation of feeling stressed. 

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This cartoon is a funny take on an obvious cause of stress and one’s effort in dealing professionally. 

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Stress habits such as smoking due to stress at the workplace is carefully and all too realistically depicted in this cartoon. 

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Here is a funny take on stress and anxiety as depicted by the iconic cartoon Charlie Brown. 

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This funny art cartoon by Mark Parisi depicts how stress shows up in one’s body and is often noticeable by others around us before we notice it ourselves. 

What is stress?

Stress is our natural response to the demands around us. 

Stress is actually a good thing since it motivates us to access and act and it serves as a defence against dangers and predators. Thus, it has a positive impact on us at a healthy level. 

However, in today’s day and age we are less likely to be affected by a predator. Stress arises when we are unable to meet the demands of our day to day lives. 

That is, when we exhaust our mental, emotional, and physical resources to  execute the demands of our jobs, relationships, as well as meet our needs

Here are some other symptoms that are related to high stress and anxiety. These symptoms can present differently, and symptoms may vary from person to person:

Physical symptoms of stress 

Physical symptoms of anxiety can include fatigue, lethargy, unexplained or persistent physical pain, muscle tension, soreness, swollen lymph nodes (MedicalNewsToday).

The individual might experience these symptoms even if they have not done anything strenuous- they might feel very exhausted and experience pain without a clear cause such as swelling or soreness(MedicalNewsToday).

Psychological symptoms of stress

Stress also has a variety of mental and behavioural symptoms. These symptoms include: insomnia,  trouble sleeping, excessive sleep, and changes in appetite and eating habits. 

A person who is in extreme stress might also appear to be  irritable, and engage in excessive worrying, nervousness, feelings of impending dread or doom, loss of interest in usual activities leading to mental disorders and strain in their professional and personal lives. 

What is stress management?

Stress management, in simple words, refers to the techniques and strategies that one applies to their lifestyle as a way to effectively deal with stress. 

The process of stress management involves identifying the stressor and recognising the effects stress has on one’s life, taking positive action to minimise the effects of the stressors, as well as evaluate and improve strategies to manage stress.

The aim of stress management is not to become stress free but rather manage stress effectively such that the negative effects of stress do not affect quality of life. 

According to the American Psychological Association, managing stress involves the following:

  • Understanding what stress is and how one engages with stressors. 
  • Identifying stressors in one’s life. 
  • Being able to recognise stress signals form one’s body, emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. 
  • Recognizing patterns of strategies and behaviours that one engages in when stressed- whether they are unhealthy or healthy. 
  • Replacing unhealthy strategies with healthier options or improving old helpful strategies with more helpful ones including making self-care a priority and seeking out support when needed. 

How to Manage Stress effectively?

Managing stress can be done individually as well as with assistance from a mental health professional. 

Treatments to manage stress include:

  • Self-help lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, activities, and relationships. 
  • Therapy and counselling which help people develop self awareness and also help them make lifestyle changes that can help them manage stress.
  • Medication , though doctors will not usually prescribe medications for coping with stress, unless they are treating an underlying mental health condition that is causing the stress. 

Lifestyle changes that can help manage stress includes:

  • Exercise including engaging in breathing and relaxation medication and techniques to slow down heart rate and promote rest. 
  • Reducing the intake of alcohol, drugs, and caffeine
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet containing plenty of fruit and vegetables can help maintain the immune system at times of stress. 
  • Organising a daily to-do list and focusing on urgent or time sensitive tasks instead of doing everything- this involves learning how to prioritise things. 
  • Organising  schedules to give themselves time to  relax, and pursue their own interests.
  • Sharing feelings and burdens with family, friends, as well as professionals to help vent as well as gain solutions. 
  • Another thing that a person can do to manage stress is to acknowledge the signs of anxiety and depression, or lack of motivation. It is important to be mindful of any changes.
  • Taking a step back and reviewing their working conditions and demands in their workplace with their supervisor and finding ways to reduce the load of their work.

Conclusion

In this blog we present you a list of 20 stressed cartoons.

We also briefly touched upon what stress is, and what are some things you can do to manage stress.

FAQ related to stress

How do I know if I am stressed?

You can pick up on whether you are stressed or not but taking notice of how you feel physically and mentally.

Physical symptoms of anxiety can include fatigue, lethargy, unexplained or persistent physical pain, muscle tension, soreness, swollen lymph nodes (MedicalNewsToday).

Stress also has a variety of mental and behavioural symptoms. These symptoms include: insomnia,  trouble sleeping, excessive sleep, and changes in appetite and eating habits. 

What causes stress?

Stress occurs when the demands of your daily life, work, and even various events cannot be dealt with or managed by your psychological ability to understand it, deal with it, and come up with a reasonable action plan to meet these demands.

What are the 3 types of stress?

The three types of stress include:

  • Acute stress.
  • Episodic acute stress.
  • Chronic stress.

How does stress affect the body?

Physical symptoms of anxiety can include fatigue, headaches, an upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain, and problems with sex and sleep, lethargy, unexplained or persistent physical pain, muscle tension, soreness, swollen lymph nodes (MedicalNewsToday).

Can too much stress make you sick?

Too much stress or chronic stress can suppress your immune system and cause you to get sick easily and can also increase your risk of several diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

References

Brown.A. 62 Stress Management Techniques, Strategies & Activities. Positive psychology. Retrieved on 4th March 2022. https://positivepsychology.com/stress-management-techniques-tips-burn-out/

Why stress happens and how to manage it? MedicalNewsToday. Retrieved on  4th March 2022. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/145855

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